Eight Exceptional Holiday Punches

We're giving punch its due this Holiday season. No cloyingly sweet concoctions here; these punches are elegant, refined, and subtle in flavor. They are also a perfect way to play host without making cocktails all night long.

Red Nose Punch
Red Nose Punch
This sweet and tangy cranberry–beer–bourbon punch, delicately spiced with cinnamon-infused simple syrup, is perfect for a festive gathering.Helen Rosner
Chilled Cider Punch
Chilled Cider Punch
This chilled cider punch combines the fall flavors of a mulled cider with the celebratory feel of a sparkling punch.MacKenzie Smith
Not Your Nana's Nog
Not Your Nana's Nog
This boozy re-creation of a classic eggnog requires a bit more preparation than the store-bought variety, but is certainly worth the extra effort. Using more egg whites than yolk gives a creamy mouthfeel without being too thick or heavy.Maxime Iattoni
Sherry Season Punch
Sherry Season Punch
This flavorful punch balances the bite of sherry and corn whiskey with nutty homemade walnut orgeat syrup and fresh citrus juice.Maxime Iattoni
Regent's Punch
Regent's Punch
This tea-infused champagne punch makes an elegant centerpiece for any festive occasion.Vanessa Rees
Sweet Gin Symphony
Sweet Gin Symphony
This lively gin-based punch captures complex seasonal flavors with layers of citrus, mint, and anise thanks to an absinthe rinse sprayed in each glass. For an added festive touch, garnish with star anise fruit.Maxime Iattoni
Punch a la Taylor
Punch à la Taylor
Sweet citrus, whiskey, and a pleasantly bitter gentian-flavored liqueur combine in an elegant punch concocted by New York City cocktail bar The Dead Rabbit.Khushbu Shah
Desert Snow Tequila Punch
Desert Snow Tequila Punch
Adding tequila and lime zest to a rich homemade horchata is an impressive egg and dairy free alternative to eggnog. For extra citrus flavor, twist a strip of lime peel above each glass and rub it around the rim before adding it to the drink.Maxime Iattoni