Party Punch: Hibiscus Rum Cooler


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There's something about warmer weather that gets us pumped for entertaining—for gathering a group for a picnic in the park, for hosting a pig roast, a clam bake, a make-your-own-taco gathering in the backyard. At these kinds of events, a bucket full of beer is totally fine, but punch makes it all just a little more festive, without fussing with stirring or shaking up individual cocktails.

This pitcher drink is tart and cooling, with bright, fresh mint and only the slightest whisper of rum. It's a sweaty-day punch based on tart, fragrant hibiscus tea—think of it as a hibiscus lemonade for grownups. You can mix it up early in the day (make a double batch if the day is warm) before your guests arrive. Serve over ice and garnish each glass with mint if you want to get fancy.

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