It’s finally time to take off your hat and scarf: Monday is the unofficial start of summer. So fire up the barbecue, dig out your bathing suit and, of course, get out the punch bowl.
No matter if you’re hosting a Memorial Day party or attending one as a guest, punch is the perfect beverage. It’s not only delicious and simple to make but also serves a crowd. To help you get started, we got punch expert and Liquor.com advisory board member David Wondrich to give us his 5 tips for making the concoction.
And we also picked eight of our favorite punch recipes that would be a hit at any Memorial Day party. Let’s drink to the long holiday weekend!
Not close to the beach? Don’t worry: This rum, pineapple and mango juice creation will get you in a tropical mood no matter where you spend the holiday weekend. If you have time, mix up your own batch of grenadine, which will take your punch to the next level.
View Recipe: Port Royal Punch
The name translates from Italian as “incorrect Negroni,” but Liquor.com advisory board member and top San Francisco mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout assures us that it’s definitely the right way to go. This super-simple punch combines sweet vermouth and Campari. It deviates from the standard Negroni formula by replacing the traditional gin with prosecco and seasonal fruits—we’re thinking a cup of plump berries or some sliced peaches will do just fine.
View Recipe: Negroni Sbagliato
This historic sipper tastes as good now as it did back in 1835 when it was invented. The recipe, discovered by Liquor.com advisory board member and cocktail historian David Wondrich, combines a bottle of gin with lemons, sugar, maraschino liqueur and soda water. Perfect for sharing with friends on a warm afternoon.
View Recipe: Garrick Club Punch
Take a trip south of the border without leaving your liquor cabinet with this mezcal-based punch from all-star New York bartender Tad Carducci. It also calls for the bitter Italian digestif Averna Amaro, fresh grapefruit and lemon juices, agave nectar and ginger beer. It just may be your new favorite.
View Recipe: The Oaxacan Punch
We’d like to think that the British royal family drinks this Scotch, Champagne and tea concoction while on holiday. (It is named after their summer castle in Scotland, after all!) The recipe was created by all-star bartender and Liquor.com contributor Charlotte Voisey and inspired by the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
View Recipe: Royal Balmoral Punch
Do we even need to explain why this summer staple made our list? We thought not. Just enjoy the classic mix of tequila, fresh lime juice, Cointreau and agave syrup. It won’t fail to put a whole roomful of people in the partying mood. You can thank Liquor.com advisory board member and master mixologist Dale DeGroff for this tasty recipe, which makes about 18 servings at a time.
View Recipe: Margaritas by the Pitcher
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