When you’re entertaining around the holidays, making sure you have enough booze is always the first order of business. If you’re feeling creative, you may even invent a festive holiday cocktail just for the occasion.
But let’s be real: no party host wants to worry about constantly serving their guests specialty cocktails. Sure, you could always opt for a bunch of bottled options, but a cooler full of beer probably doesn’t fit into your holiday decor scheme (unless it does, in which case, bravo).
This is where large-batch cocktails come in handy. These boozy beverages can be mixed together in a giant pitcher or bowl, allowing every guest to serve themselves while simultaneously adding some color to your table-scape. Think of the punch bowl at your school dance, but with more alcohol — sounds pretty fun, right?
Here are some ideas to get you (and your party) started:
Lemon + champagne. Two great things that are even better together
A milk punch that tastes like cinnamon breakfast cereal?? Okay, this is a holiday party drink everybody can get into.
Not only does this white wine-based sangria taste delicious, it’s almost pretty enough to be a decoration itself!
Nothing’s classier than this combo of elderflower liqueur, gin, and chamomile tea.
This whiskey and clementine-infused recipe is perfect for anybody who loves Old Fashioneds.
A nice alternative for when you’re craving cider, but don’t really want a warm drink.
7. Mulled Wine
Also known as Glühwein, this beverage combines simmered wine with citrus and mulling spices for a cozy holiday treat.
8. Jingle Juice
Rum, citrus and tropical fruits come together to make this holiday punch a bright addition to any party.
There’s no better way to ring in the holidays or the new year than with a helping of this citrus, gin, and champagne cocktail.
10. Red Nose Punch
The pretty cranberry ice ring in the center of this punch really makes it a crowd-pleaser.
11. Gin Punch
Brighten up your table (and your insides!) with this refreshing mixture of gin, lemon, and Earl Grey tea.
12. Punch Parker
Citrus, raspberries and pineapple mix with champagne in this effervescent cocktail bowl.
Coconut milk margaritas at Christmas? Yes, please!
This tart and crisp drink is sure to put a twinkle in your eye — and a stumble in your step.
15. Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch
It’s rarifying for people to enjoy a cocktail flavored with pear — so treat your guests to this stunning and fizzy combination.
16. Cashew Nut Nog
Because it just isn’t the holidays without this creamy, boozy beverage.