Slideshow: 9 Great Punch Recipes from New York City's Bars

Rosemary, Baby! from Prime Meats
Rosemary, Baby! from Prime Meats
"It's so pretty!" we exclaimed as we watched Damon from Prime Meats put together this punch. Indeed, the brightly colored punch sparkles from a healthy dose of sparkling wine and seltzer, and was topped with jewel-toned slices of grapefruit. The punch has a delicate, fresh flavor: the sweetness from bourbon and honey is well-balanced by tart, fresh grapefruit and rosemary-laced Aperol. Though there was some debate over the name (Damon had created the punch a day or so before we tried it), the playfulness of Rosemary, Baby! is a nice match for the bubbly whimsy of the punch.

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Prime Meats
465 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (map) 718-254-0327; frankspm.com

The Outcider from Prime Meats
The Outcider from Prime Meats
The Outcider is as classic as the Rosemary, Baby! is playful. Served warm, Damon's blend of bourbon, boiled cider, bitters, and tea makes for a more complex, more aromatic version of hot spiced cider. The addition of tea adds a lovely herbal depth to a comforting, familiar drink.

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Prime Meats
465 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (map) 718-254-0327; frankspm.com

The Old Gunwhale from The Drink
The Old Gunwhale from The Drink
Pronounced "gun-ole," a Gunwhale is the upper edge of a ship's or boat's side. It's a perfect cocktail to come out of The Drink, a Williamsburg bar with a nautical vibe. (There are tea-stained maps on the ceiling!) The Old Gunwhale mixes bourbon, grapefruit juice, and chamomile syrup, and has the rich woodiness of bourbon without the tell-tale kick (dangerous!) The chamomile syrup lends a nice floral sweetness, perfectly balancing the tart grapefruit.

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The Drink
228 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11206 (map) 718-782-8463; thedrinkbrooklyn.com

The Applebottom from The Drink
The Applebottom from The Drink
Apple lovers, unite—this is the punch for you. Appleton Estate rum, boiled cider, and apple syrup form the base of this punch, and the apple cider flavors are accentuated with hints of allspice, honey, and lemon. When served over ice, the punch has the fresh sweetness of apple juice with the rich depth of the finest cider. And rum, of course, which doesn't hurt things at all.

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The Drink
228 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11206 (map) 718-782-8463; thedrinkbrooklyn.com

Sailor's Punch from Slightly Oliver
Sailor's Punch from Slightly Oliver
This variation on a classic bourbon-cider punch has a zesty flavor from a healthy dose of lime juice, plus aromatic depth from a scattering of bay leaves.

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Slightly Oliver
511 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10024 (map) 212-362-1098

Bolliwood Punch at Slightly Oliver
Bolliwood Punch at Slightly Oliver
The Bolliwood Punch hints at warmer climates, in both its name and its flavor profile. Rum, orange, cardamom, and rosemary lend an exotic note to the punch, which tastes citrusy and distinctly sweet, thanks to the addition of agave syrup. The cardamom adds a hint of spice and while I couldn't really taste the rosemary, I could certainly smell it with every sip.

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Slightly Oliver
511 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10024 (map) 212-362-1098

Virgin Island Punch from Slightly Oliver
Virgin Island Punch from Slightly Oliver
Because not all holiday party-goers are drinkers, it's worth it to have a solid non-alcoholic punch on hand. Especially when that punch is as good as this Virgin Island Punch, which combines strawberry, aloe juice, vanilla, and fresh fruit.

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Slightly Oliver
511 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10024 (map) 212-362-1098