Fishhouse Punch Royale
Jamie Boudreau of Canon tells us that many prominent figures in American history, such as George Washington, have also enjoyed versions of this rum and cognac punch. We're pretty sure the Founding Fathers liked the bubbly sass from the addition of sparkling wine as much as you will. Don't worry about using expensive Champagne—decent Cava will work just fine.
La Patria Punch
Another oldie-but-goodie from Jamie Boudreau of Canon, found in the writings of Jerry Thomas from 1862. Fresh pineapple and orange brighten the flavors of cognac and sparkling wine.
Rob Roy in Seattle has a cocktail advent calendar—one special each night until Christmas. This grog, named for the calendar, slipped over to the punch party with its serving style—great for gatherings—and its citrus and spice pairing. Two types of rum are complemented by a demerara syrup and fresh lime juice, all served hot in a warm mug.
Marky Mark's Funky Punch
This drink evokes an early 90's boy band: a strange group of misfits that somehow come together perfectly. Created by Jim Romdall at Seattle's Vessel, this punch has a tropical flair owing to passionfruit syrup mixed with aged cachaça.
Exposing other punches as imposters, this one shows what a few more refined spirits will do to fancy up a festive occasion. This punch from Jim Romdall at Seattle's Vessel is rich with cognac and sherry as the base, but it gets lightened with the addition of fresh lemon and apricot liqueur.