Death and taxes aside, there are some great things about adulthood, and one of them is that it is mandatory to spike the punch.
Unlike at that memorable high-school dance where you ended up evacuated from the gym, your grown-up peers are expecting a little more than grape Kool-Aid and handles of bottom-shelf vodka.
A good bowl of punch can be the difference between a night to remember and a night that leaves you wondering if you should've just stayed in and played Scrabble, and we've got five killer recipes that will keep things going until you're definitely having more fun than a triple word score
The best thing about this favorite—besides being incredibly drinkable—has got to be its resemblance to a corny joke: "A Sicilian and a Mexican walk into a bar…" In this case, the former is the bitter digestif Averna Amaro and the latter is the deliciously complex Sombra Mezcal. We're not going to ruin the punch line for you; you’ll have to mix up a bowl yourself. View recipe: The Oaxacan Punch
From watercress sandwiches to crumpets, the English are the masters of the garden party, and with this grandly named cocktail (seriously, we think it's even worth adding a "Garrick Club Punch will be served" line to your invites), London was saved from the summer’s heat—way back in 1835. It takes a sweet gin & soda, and adds a Continental twist in the form of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur. As for the gin, Liquor.com's resident spirits-history guru David Wondrich suggests that this is the perfect time to break out the old-school Bols Genever, and we're in no position to disagree.View recipe: Garrick Club Punch
To many, punch is synonymous with rum, so it's perhaps surprising to you that we haven't had a recipe calling for it yet. Well, this concoction is worth the wait. It takes more of a classic "sweet and red" approach, though the Mount Gay still packs a punch. The key here is letting the whole mixture steep for a few hours before serving. With rum, grenadine, bitters and lime, it's wise to let them settle in before the guests arrive.View recipe: Mount Gay Rum Punch
Like the Fuzzy Navel and the Spazerac, this absinthe-based number falls into the "silly name, great cocktail" category. As it's a simple drink based on that most overpowering of fin-de-siècle French spirits, the important thing here is balance. Consider the simple syrup and the lime juice as a sort of sugary superhero duo, engaged in delicious battle against the domineering Dr. Anise. (Note that we said "consider," not "act out in front of everybody." This a strong one, and you have to pace yourself.)View recipe: The Green BeastLearn how to make The Green Beast from Liquor.com advisory board member Simon Ford in our How to Cocktail video.
This recipe calls for some next-level punch mixology. You're freezing cloves and lemon slices in a block of ice, breaking out the Flor de Caña Rum, Campari and Cinzano Rosso Vermouth, and sourcing good grapefruit juice and top-shelf honey. It's a bit of a process, but you'll like the final result.View recipe: Nicaraguan Negroni Punch
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