10 Fall Punch Recipes to Make at Your Next Holiday Party

From bourbon-maple chai to a sherry Margarita, here are the easy-to-batch, mix-in-advance punch recipes to make for your holiday party

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with fall punch recipes. Redolent with familiar seasonal flavors like apple cider, cinnamon, and maple syrup, these easy, large-format cocktails can be batched in advance for Thanksgiving dinners, fall camping trips, and even office holiday parties (just make sure to not over-serve your coworkers). From a sherry-fortified take on a large-format Margarita to a rye-and-chai tea sipper, here are 10 excellent fall punch recipes—from SAVEUR staffers and bartenders around the country—to try this year.

Cape Cod Royale Punch
Cape Cod Royale Punch
Remember the Seabreeze? It was born of Massachusetts' wealth of cranberries. Swap the drink's vodka base for gin and rosemary-infused simple, add lime to tarten it up even more, and then dump a bunch of champagne on top. Now you have a much-improved Seabreeze that would tempt the most teetotaling pilgrim. Get the recipe for Cape Cod Royale Punch »Matt Taylor-Gross
Carawayed
Carawayed
Chicago's Punch House manager Aaron "The Doctor" Minnes says, "This punch has fall written all over it. The spice combination of the rye, caraway and the chai masala are a match made in heaven for a punch, and the pear softens the whole experience. Caraway can be overpowering in a lot of drinks, however, in this punch, it's subtle,like a good bass line to sip along to." Get the recipe for Carawayed »Matt Taylor-Gross
Zombie
Zombie cocktail
At Chicago tiki staple Three Dots and a Dash, beverage director Julian Cox prepares a riff on the traditional Zombie—first created by Don the Beachcomber circa 1934—using two types of rum, citrus juices, and an array of fall-forward flavors. Cox says, "Cinnamon, falernum, and pomegranate really pair well together and bring out the flavors of fall in this fun, festive cocktail!" Get the recipe for the Zombie »Jeff Marini
River Valley Punch
River Valley Punch
Tempered with crisp apple cider and soothingly sweet Pedro Ximénez sherry, this sneaky applejack-based number goes down deceptively easy. The name nods to the Ohio River Valley, the primary region travelled by folk hero and applejack evangelist "Johnny Appleseed." The drink's sleeper hit is the bonded applejack ("bonded" refers to a government regulation for whiskey products that requires they be bottled at 100-proof), which uses 20 pounds of apple per bottle, resulting in a fruity but dry and stiff-sipping spirit. Serve it to your family members if you prefer talking them after they've got some booze in 'em. Get the recipe for River Valley Punch »Matt Taylor-Gross
Bourbon Maple Chai Punch
Bourbon Maple Chai Punch
The Happiest Hour's John Henderson doubles up on apple with pressed and dry hard cider. It's spiked with bourbon and tempered with chai tea. He says, "Seasonal apples are the staple for this delicious fall punch. The chai and maple add a nice sweetener, to complement Maker's Mark's sweeter flavor profile." Get the recipe for Bourbon Maple Chai Punch »Courtesy of Maker's Mark
Wedding Punch
Wedding Punch
Served on the wedding day of cocktail luminary Sasha Petraske and his wife, journalist Georgette Moger-Petraske, this punch appears in his posthumously released recipe book Regarding Cocktails, which was completed by Moger-Petraske following his passing. She calls the punch "the month of May in a glass," but the simple, refreshing combination of elderflower liqueur, dry vermouth, and prosecco makes this gentle cocktail a year-round standby. In the colder months, opt for fresh cranberries for a seasonally-appropriate garnish. Get the recipe for Wedding Punch »Matt Taylor-Gross
Windfall Punch
Windfall Punch
Inspired by the wealth of high-quality, dry American cider available today, St. John Frizell of Fort Defiance in Brooklyn created a low-ABV punch that riffs on a classic champagne punch recipe found in Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide (1862), which calls for lemon, orange and pineapple juices. Frizell says, "The recipe really came together when I added amontillado sherry, which brings a nutty, oxidized tang, and somehow calls to mind fallen leaves, which works well with the bitter-tart flavors of the cider. Altogether, it's like a walk through an apple orchard in autumn—which is why I named it Windfall Punch, after the apples that the wind blows down from the branches." Get the recipe for Windfall Punch »Matt Taylor-Gross
Spiced Apple Punch
Spiced Apple Punch
In this recipe, master sommelier Craig Collins of Irene's in Austin, Texas brings together the best of traditional fall flavors and spices: apple cider, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. He recommends enjoying the punch "after your Thanksgiving meal, paired with pumpkin pie!" Get the recipe for Spiced Apple Punch »Gabby Phi
Spanish Lover's Punch
Spanish Lovers' Punch
This is nothing more than a sherr-ified large-format Margarita. Unexpected but natural lovers—oloroso sherry and tequila—are married together with lime, sugar, and a splash of Averna for a rich, autumn sour spiced up with nutmeg. Get the recipe for Spanish Lovers' Punch »Matt Taylor-Gross
Treasure Chest Punch
Treasure Chest Punch
When presented at swanky San Diego bar Polite Provisions, this whimsical punch comes in a glorious cocktail-ready treasure chest. Sadly, you likely don't have such items lying around the kitchen, but you can still have a great time and make yourself a good drink using this foolproof recipe for liquid fun. Bartender Erick Castro says the drink's inspiration came when friends visited him during one of the only weeks that it rained in San Diego. He says, "The idea behind the drink was to to come up with a tropical drink that you could drink with friends when it was raining out." Get the recipe for Treasure Chest Punch »Arlene Ibarra