We can't imagine walking into a party, laying our eyes on a punch bowl and not jumping for joy. A punch party is a beautiful thing because it gives your guests a spectacle to gawk at while you finalize the snacks and get the party going.

A punch can be alcoholic or not, but we think the adult variety is the best way to make an occasion feel very special. This is basically a large-format cocktail, which means that you can do most of it in advance, your friends can serve themselves and they will all be perfectly balanced cocktails.

There are punches for every season, not just Halloween and New Year's Eve (although we love a good Vampire Punch as much as the next guy). Here are ten fantastic punches for your late summer party.

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  • Fish House Punch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://adrinkontherocks.com/brandy/mxmo-vintage-cocktails-11-fish-house-punch/" target="_hplink">Fish House Punch recipe</a> from Rock & Rye</strong>

  • Summer Fruit Punch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/summer-fruit-punch_n_1061570.html" target="_hplink">Summer Fruit Punch recipe</a></strong>

  • Champagne Punch

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  • Garrick Club Punch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://liquor.com/recipes/garrick-club-punch/?utm_source=huffpo&utm_medium=articl&utm_campaign=memday" target="_hplink">Garrick Club Punch recipe</a> from Liquor.com</strong>

  • Passion Punch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/passion-punch_n_1060895.html" target="_hplink">Passion Punch recipe</a></strong>

  • Planter's Punch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.kitchenriffs.com/2012/07/planters-punch.html" target="_hplink">Planter's Punch recipe</a> from Kitchen Riffs</strong>

  • Raspberry Limeade Punch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/delicious-raspberry-limea_n_1058006.html" target="_hplink">Raspberry Limeade Punch recipe</a></strong>

  • Irish Tea Punch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.divasandweddings.com/2010/11/thirsty-thursday-irish-tea-punch_5129.html" target="_hplink">Irish Tea Punch recipe</a> from Divas and Weddings</strong>

  • Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sparkling-pomegranate-pun_n_1058701.html" target="_hplink">Sparkling Pomegranate Punch</a> recipe</strong>

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