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9 Large-Format Drinks to Make for Holiday Parties

One of our top tips for holiday entertaining is this: do not make drinks one by one. Do not shake drinks for each of your cocktail party guests. Do not act as bartender all night long, unless you want your friends to start calling you 'Grinchy' by the end. Instead of making drinks to order, it's much more fun to whip up a big batch of punch or some other large-format cocktail so that it's easy for guests to serve themselves. More

First Look: A Glass of Cocktail History at Punch House in Chicago

"Punch is a loan word from the Hindi language, from the word meaning five," explains Will Duncan, the beverage manager at Punch House. "Punch is a balance of five flavors; it always balances strong, weak, bitter, sour, and sweet." This is the first of many lessons in history and mixology to be learned at Punch House, Chicago's first punch-focused cocktail bar, owned by the team behind The Empty Bottle and Longman & Eagle. More

Ring in the New Year with 5 Punch Recipes from Austin, Texas

Mixing punch is a fun and festive way to serve up cocktails without the fuss, especially for New Year's Eve. Punches are intended to encourage socializing—break out the big bowl and the ladle, hand everyone a glass, and the party has officially started. We polled a few of our favorite Austin-area bartenders for punch recipes, and the results are festive, bright, and easy-drinking. More

9 Great Punch Recipes from New York City's Bars

Is there anything more convivial than a brimming bowl of punch? Once relegated to the dusty corners of Victorian nostalgia, punch has been making a serious comeback, with bartenders creatively combining herbs, spices, and blends of alcohol and juices. The sharable nature of punch (not to mention its good-cheer vibes) makes it the perfect addition to spice up your holiday party. Here are 9 great punch recipes from Prime Meats, The Drink, and Slightly Oliver to put you in a celebratory mood. More

3 Nonalcoholic Holiday Punches To Make at Home

There is something distinctly fun and welcoming about punch, which helps to explain why this party-friendly drink is making such a comeback. These 3 recipes are a great way to highlight classic holiday flavors like cinnamon, cranberries, and apples. Best of all, since these drinks are non-alcoholic, the whole family can enjoy them. More

5 Great Punch Recipes from Los Angeles Bars

Perhaps spurred on by last year's publication of Dave Wondrich's Punch, these convivial, sharable concoctions are seeing a decided resurgence. We like to think of them as the bar's equivalent to the family-style meal. We recently toured some of Los Angeles' best bars in search of truly delicious punches that you can make at home for holiday parties and family dinners. More

Cocktail 101: How to Make Oleo-Saccharum

Oleo-saccharum is an ingredient in cocktails and punches that was relatively commonly used in 19th-century bartending as a way to provide an elegantly citrusy flavor and aroma to alcoholic beverages. It's also an excellent addition to lemonade, iced tea, and even vinaigrettes. More

Thinking Big for Summer Party Drinks

The large-format drink is the savior of the summer party. When everything heads outdoors starting with Memorial Day weekend, pitcher drinks and cooling punches seem especially welcome, and they can make hosting a barbecue or backyard get-together much more convenient. More

Drink the Book: 'Punch' by David Wondrich

The modern experience of punch is generally restricted to Jungle Juice or one of its cousins. But punch, as a class of mixed drink, is the parent through which we have come to know the cocktail, cobbler, flip, sling, frappe, and more. Enter to win David Wondrich's wonderful book on the history of punch here. More

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