Punch Recipes That Are Party-Perfect

Raspberry-Mojito Punch
Photo: Peter Krumhardt

Serving punch at a party is a tradition dating back to the earliest days of the British East India Trading Company, where the term "proud as punch" came from the immense satisfaction sailors took in their personal punch recipes created on the trade route. We're pretty proud of our punch recipes, too, and we've compiled our favorites to quench your guests' thirsts. We have punch recipes that are perfect for every occasion, including a tropical rum punch recipe that is ready to party and a kid-friendly sherbet punch recipe that's fizzy and fun. If you're strapped for time, don't sweat it—you'll still be able to whip up one of these easy punch recipes before guests arrive.

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Garden Tea Punch

garden tea punch
Blaine Moats

When you need a pick-me-up on summer's hottest days, you'll want to reach for a glass of this punch. Fresh mint, tea, and club soda help make this drink the best summer party punch recipe ever. If you really want to show off the goods from your garden, garnish each glass with a few extra mint leaves.

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Watermelon Cooler Punch

Watermelon Cooler Punch
Andy Lyons

Nothing says "summer" like watermelon, and this refreshing watermelon punch recipe is full of it. The combo of watermelon, mint, and club soda is perfect for sipping outside on a sunny day. When you make a pitcher, it's also a great party punch for sharing with friends!

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Sangria

Sangria
Jason Donnelly

Sangria is without a doubt one of our favorite alcoholic punch recipes. Customize this wine-based punch by adding agave nectar or sugar for sweetness or by adding your favorite fruits. To make the punch fizzy, mix in lemon-lime soda just before serving. With a bubbly accent, it becomes a perfect punch cocktail.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Coconut Cream Island Punch
Con Poulos

Summer punch with alcohol recipes always get the party started, and this creamy spiced rum punch is no different. Frozen star fruit slices act as ice cubes and become a fruity snack once they thaw out in this grapefruit soda blend. Coconut sorbet or gelato add a tropical touch and keep this punch cool and creamy to the last drop.

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Padma's Party Punch

Padma's Party Punch
John Kernick

Get ready: This punch packs powerful flavor. This unique party punch recipe mixes ingredients like tangerine juice, kaffir lime leaves, and pickled jalapeño juice for a whole new twist on classic punch. Plus, mixing in vodka turns it into a delicious vodka punch cocktail.

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Strawberry Daiquiri Punch

Strawberry Daiquiri Punch
Dennis Skinner

Who doesn't love sipping on a strawberry daiquiri? This rum punch recipe serves a crowd, making it the ideal drink for any big bash. For the best flavor, try using fresh strawberries in spring or early summer. And you don't need a fully stocked bar to mix up this drink, either—it takes only five ingredients and a blender!

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Pepino Punch

Pepino Punch
Blaine Moats

This refreshing spin on a big-batch margarita uses fresh cucumber, basil, and jalapeños to create what has quickly become one of our favorite green punch recipes. Use pineapple juice or orange juice to sweeten up this spicy punch recipe, or use a bottle of tequila to spike this punch into adults-only territory. Serve this punch on the rocks with fresh cucumber or basil on a swizzle stick garnish.

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Pineapple-Ginger Punch

Pineapple-Ginger Punch
Karla Conrad

Delight guests of all ages with this fruity tropical recipe. To make this the best punch recipe for adults, try mixing in rum, vodka, or pineapple-flavored vodka. Thanks to the combo of fresh ginger and pineapple juice, just one sip of this punch cocktail is like an instant trip to an island oasis.

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Sparkling Peach Punch

Sparkling Peach Punch
Andy Lyons

Who doesn't love punch recipes with ginger ale? This sparkling peach punch—full of peach nectar, peach slices, and ginger ale—will make partygoers of all ages happy. One of our favorite summer punch ideas, this recipe is sweet, cool, and refreshing (everything we crave!).

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Good Morning Mulled Punch

Good Morning Mulled Punch
Blaine Moats

Not all easy punch recipes have to be cold. This warm drink will be the star of your next brunch. Made with apple cider, orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and allspice, this punch recipe is an even better companion for breakfast food than coffee.

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Orange-Ginger-Pomegranate Punch

Orange-Ginger Pomegranate Punch
Blaine Moats

Prosecco punch? Oh yes, please! This sweet punch is full of fruity flavor, thanks to pomegranate juice and orange liqueur. Looking for a fancy Champagne punch recipe? Simply swap the Prosecco for your favorite Champagne and garnish each glass with an orange slice and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

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June Bug

June Bug
Andy Lyons

Ginger ale, grenadine, orange juice, and orange sherbet: That's all you need to whip up a quick batch of this refreshing fruit punch recipe. You can make this drink for adults and kids alike or add a grown-up boozy twist by mixing in white rum or vodka. Since it's so simple to make, this punch drink recipe is a great go-to for summer parties.

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Mint Julep Punch

Mint Julep Punch
Greg Scheidemann

Make mint juleps the easy way with this simple punch recipe that needs only five ingredients. This mint and bourbon punch recipe will have any party feeling like the Kentucky Derby. But the secret trick to making this adult punch recipe isn't the fresh mint leaves—it's the black cherry bourbon.

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Citrus-Berry Punch

Citrus Berry Punch
Blaine Moats

If you need a punch bowl recipe that's quick, easy, and thirst-quenching, look no further than this citrus-berry punch. Plus, you need only three ingredients to make it (you might not even have to make a trip to the store!). Because this party punch recipe makes 12 servings, it's a great candidate for showcasing your punch bowl.

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Pink Rhubarb Punch

Pink Rhubarb Punch
Steven Needham

If you've got rhubarb growing in your garden, it'd be a mistake not to spare some for this gorgeous pink punch recipe. This pretty punch gets its stunning color from fresh rhubarb and frozen pink lemonade. It's an easy way to upgrade your pink lemonade and use up your rhubarb harvest!

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Sweet-Tart Tropical Punch

Sweet-Tart Tropical Punch
Cameron Sadeghpour

Step aside, boring lemonade. We're reaching for this easy punch recipe for the rest of the summer! Best of all, you need just three ingredients: pineapple juice, white rum, and tangerine juice. Prepare this refreshing punch recipe with alcohol or without it when you host an impromptu party.

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Blueberry Fizz

Blueberry Fizz in glass bottle with mountain view behind
Colleen Duffley

Serve up this fizzy blue punch recipe in individual jars for guests to sip on during an outdoor party or picnic. The simple combination of ginger ale, blueberries, and crystallized ginger makes a delicious and refreshing drink. Of course, adding extra blueberries and a few lemon slices to your glass will make this punch recipe even prettier (and tastier).

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Prosecco-Peach Punch

Prosecco-Peach Punch
Blaine Moats

We don't know about you, but we'll never turn down any punch recipe with Prosecco in the summertime (or anytime, honestly). This light peach punch is great for sipping on a warm day. To make this punch kid-friendly, substitute unsweetened pineapple juice for the Prosecco.

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Raspberry Mojito Punch

Raspberry-Mojito Punch
Peter Krumhardt

This ultra-refreshing mojito punch recipe should be mandatory at any summer party. Just like all of the best party punch recipes, this one makes it easy to hydrate a crowd (no individual stirring required). To step up the presentation, try floating fresh raspberries and mint leaves alongside ice cubes in your punch bowl.

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Minted Grapefruit Punch

Minted Grapefruit Punch
Con Poulos

If you want to keep it simple with your punch cocktail, then this is the recipe for you. This boozy punch combines vodka, grapefruit juice, and mint leaves for a quick and easy party beverage. To make this punch even more refreshing, use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice instead of store-bought (just be sure to squeeze the grapefruits well ahead of party time—it's the most time-consuming part of this punch).

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Chai Punch

Chai Punch in pitchers in big blue tub
Colleen Duffley

A premade chai tea concentrate cuts the prep time for this punch bowl recipe in half. Simply add cinnamon sticks, orange slices, torn basil, and sliced lime into a container of chai tea and sugar and chill for 4 to 24 hours. Strain the mixture before serving, and splash in some club soda for some refreshing bubbles.

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