If you are looking for the best party punch recipes that are either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, I have a great list of food bloggers sharing their favorite party juice recipes. With a few simple ingredients, your next party punch is sure to be a hit with your guests.
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- Punch bowl ideas
- What to serve punch in
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The best drinks for a party are ones that your guest can sip on all evening. Party punch recipes are perfect for a party, it's easy to keep refills going, and there are fruit juices in the punch that help guests not get dehydrated. Staying hydrated will help keep hangovers to a minimum the next morning.
As a general rule mix, two parts alcohol to three parts punch. However, if you are using strong grain alcohol, only add five or six shots per gallon.
On average, you can figure 10 people will be served per gallon of punch.
If you have mixed your punch and have leftovers, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to four days. The fizz will be gone if you added some bubbly drink to it, but the flavor will still be good.
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Keep it cool
- Only use large blocks or rings of ice. Ice cubes melt quickly and water your punch down. Just be sure to leave room for labeling out the punch.
- Chill all your liquid ingredients before mixing the punch. It will stay cooler longer if you start with chilled ingredients.
- If you do not have any bubbly ingredients such as club soda or ginger ale in your punch, you could freeze the actual punch for an ice ring or block. That way as it melts the juice will not get watered down.
- Don't add your ice until the last minute just before guests arrive.
Divide it up
If you plan for a late evening, the best way to keep your punch fresh is to divide your punch mixture in half or thirds. Place the mixture in large jugs or pitchers with lids, then store in the fridge. Plan on refilling the punch bowl a few times throughout the party. This will keep it fresh and not so watered down.
Don't lose your fizz
Sparkling punches begin to lose their fizz after about 2 hours, so don’t add the sparkling ingredients until right before serving. If your party is going to last more than 2 hours, divide your punch in half and mix a fresh batch of punch and fizz product after two hours.
Don't knock their socks off
The point of serving party juice is for your guest to enjoy sipping on it throughout the whole party. It's best to have enough alcohol to give it a little kick. You want your guest to have an enjoyable evening talking together and remember it the next day. Oh, and nobody wants to wake up with a hangover either.
When making a hot punch, plan on mixing the punch up beforehand and allowing it to cool. Don't add the spirits until it is time to reheat and serve your punch. Reheat in a pan on the stove. To keep the punch warm while serving, use a Crockpot set on low.
You can add flowers, herb leaves, or slices of fruit to your ice molds before freezing for a pretty garnish. Also, it is nice to have extra garnishes such as mint leaves, sliced lemons or limes, fresh fruit slices, or cinnamon sticks sitting in small bowls for your guest's individual cups.
What are good fruit juices for punch?
If you want to make a fruity punch recipe, then there are a large variety of fruit juices that are perfect for punch recipes. Choose a recipe that has some of your favorites. Don't be afraid to try some different combinations of juices together.
- orange juice
- pineapple juice
- lemon juice
- grapefruit juice
- cranberry juice
- lime juice
What type of alcohol do you add to party juice?
It's a good idea to keep in mind to only add alcohol that will not overpower the flavors of your punch. Try using light, low-proof spirits vs. hard liquors.
- Coconut rum (my personal favorite)
- Dark rum (good for warm fall punches)
- White, Blanco tequila
- White rum
- Volka (using fruit-flavored vodka adds sweet notes to your punch)
How to add bubbles to your punch
To make your punch more festive, just add bubbles. There are a variety of drinks you can add to a punch recipe to give it that fizzy feel while your guests sip on it.
- Lemon-lime soda (diet or regular)
- Ginger-ale (diet or regular)
- Ginger beer
- Soda water (this would be good with a particularly sweet recipe)
Punch bowl ideas
There are a variety of containers you can serve punch in.
- Glass beverage dispenser with pour spout
- Large pitcher
- Large punch bowl
- Drink fountain
What to serve punch in
It really depends on the style of party you are throwing as to what type of glass to serve punch in. If it's a super chilled backyard party, then red solo cups are great. For baby showers or bridal showers, it would be nice to use punch cups or stemless wine glasses. However, if you are throwing a formal type of party or special occasion like New Year's Eve, it would be fun to serve your party juice in stemmed wine glasses or champagne flute glasses.
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Best party punch recipes
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