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Punch it Up
Punch gives any party just that—punch! And at a celebration as special as an engagement party (or holiday party!), you certainly want that.
Big-batch cocktails should be prepared before your party. You can set out a bowl of the stuff as a self-serve drink, or place one on the bar for the bartender to manage. No matter your method, a bulk batch is an excellent solution to serving a crowd, and typically, more cost effective than serving just beer and wine.
These drink recipes serve 30-40 guests. Rather than doubling or tripling the ingredients to make a larger yield, we recommend making two to three separate batches to avoid a mathematical and logistical nightmare (a 120-cup punch bowl might be hard to come by–and carry!).
The punches that follow are super delicious and perfect for the winter season.
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Between the tartness and tang of the pomegranate juice and the rich and refreshing sweetness of the pear nectar, this punch's deep flavor stands up to the booze. For more fruitful aromas and lighter bubbles, opt for sparkling white wines, such as Prosecco, which is just as good and more affordable than Champagne.
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Blood Orange Punch
Blood oranges add flavor and color to any drink, and when mixed with natural orange soda and a small kick of rum, give this cocktail just the right amount of sweetness. Freeze blood orange wedges and float them in the punch to keep it cold without diluting the flavor.
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The sharpened tartness of the cranberries, thanks to the pomegranate and lemon juice, balanced with a few cups of vodka creates a flavorful drink with just enough kick that guests won't want to put down.
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Warm Cider and Rum Punch
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Lemon Drop Champagne Punch
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An after-dinner drink, this brew is heady and will keep conversations lively. Based on Chatham Artillery Punch from Savannah, Georgia, the libation certainly has Southern roots.
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Mulled White-Wine Sangria