What’s the best part of drinking with friends? Getting drunk with friends, of course. And nothing puts a damper on a night with pals than having to make each drink individually, all night long. That process takes up precious trust-bonding time and by the end of the night, you, as host, might find yourself the most sober of the bunch—and the only one with sore arms. The solution to this common party problem is simple: make punch. For your next gathering, find a huge bowl and plan a trip to the market. And the recipes? We got you.
Let’s start out classy and light, shall we? Aptly named the “incorrect Negroni,” the Negroni Sbagliato is the way to go when shooting to please a crowd. Booting out the usual gin found in a classic Negroni and replacing it with sparkling wine, this punch is ideal when you have something to celebrate. It’s also great to start things off while gnawing on finger foods.
When thinking of a fruit for punch, figs aren’t necessarily the first that comes to mind. That is exactly why you should make this fig punch at your next gathering. It combines bourbon and rum with multiple types of fruit juices. Your friends will get sloshed and be given a break from the standard jungle juice. Isn’t that what great friendship is all about?
Dark rum, light rum, pineapple juice, orange Curaçao and grenadine: It sounds like a Tiki drink-lover’s dream come true. Make this summer-appropriate punch while on the beach or by the pool. Created by cocktail legend Dale Degroff, we promise your friends will admire it. If they don’t, it’s time to find new friends.
Let’s face it: If your friends are cocktail rubes, absinthe is probably not high on their “must drink” list. Change their minds by making The Green Beast, a simple mixture of absinthe, water, citrus and sugar. The herbal taste of the absinthe will be easy to appreciate thanks to the rest of the ingredients. Plus, your friends will leave your party feeling invincible, drunk and oddly Parisian.
With Campari, rum, vermouth and various citrus juices, you know you’re in for an herbal and citrusy treat. Be a good host and give your guests the best of both worlds: this fruity twist on the Negroni is great for those who love boozy drinks but can’t quite handle that boozy taste.
We already tackled a modern classic with the Negroni Sbagliato. Now, let’s go very old school with a 200-year-old recipe containing two spirits. It will destroy your buddies’ sobriety. Armed with cognac and rum (along with boiling water and cold water), this punch survived two centuries for a reason. It’s sweet with peach brandy and citrusy thanks to the peel of eight lemons; and it’s perfect for any guest you’re hosting.
We already mentioned punches with multiple liquors and bubbly champagne punches. But this USS Richmond Punch is the star of them all. If you want to surprise your boozehound friends with a punch that will have them groveling at your liquor-spackled boots, this is the one to do it. This punch is packed with cognac, rum, port, Grand Marnier and—optional—champagne. With the addition of black tea, this is not for the faint of heart. Cook up this drink and then bask in the glow of making the neighborhood’s best party punch.