Watch Cooking Channel

5 Tips for Making Punch

Good news — September 20 is National Punch Day! Would you rather have a punch in the face or some punch in a bowl? We hope you said the latter because this is the Internet and not an old-timey saloon fight.

But if you’re more scared of making punches than taking punches, here are our essential tips for pouring a “liquid party” into a bowl. Grab those ladles and cups, because things are about to get punch-drunk.

5 Punch Tips You Must Know:

1. Start With a Big Enough Bowl

Bourbon Tea Punch with Citrus Ice Cubes

If you don’t have a punch bowl, find the prettiest bowl in the cupboard and simply call it a “punch bowl.” Done. Or – super-secret tip – hit a vintage shop or thrift store. There are almost always gorgeous vintage punch bowls for incredibly cheap. You know why? Because no one knows how to make punch (see below!). Just please do us one favor: Don’t serve guests punch from a bucket.

Get the Recipe: Bourbon Tea Punch

2. Balance the Sweet and the Bitter

One common mishap with punches is accidentally creating a bowl of alcoholic sugar water. The first sip is awesome but by the end of the cup, you’re hungover. A very easy formula to start with is:

2 parts non-alcoholic juice (orange juice, lemonade, blood orange juice, cranberry juice)
2 parts booze (flavored vodkas are easiest to pair, but bourbon and gin can go great with citrus)
2 parts seltzer water
10-15 dashes of bitters to taste (start with a few dashes in the bowl and taste)

What Are Bitters

A line-up of different bitters

Although champagne punches can be bubbly and delicious, we think that mixing sugary champagne with sugary juice is a recipe for an immediate headache. So it’s a good idea to choose a base spirit like a gin or a bourbon or a flavored vodka, mix it with a complementary booze, add some bubbly water (perhaps in a complementary flavor) and 10-15 dashes of bitters to give the cocktail some depth. Keep tasting it. Too sweet? Add more seltzer water. Too boozy? Add more juice. Keep tasting. Don’t taste all of it before the guests arrive.

And if you don’t want to create your own, try these recipes:

3. Big Ice Cubes Are Your Friends

The biggest punch secret? Use one huge ice cube to keep it cool.

The best way to keep your punch cool: ice. Duh. But the biggest punch secret is using one huge ice cube. A whole bowl of tiny ice cubes will melt faster than you can say “water trough,” but one huge block of ice will melt much more slowly and not dilute your drink. So two nights before the party, get a big metal loaf pan or a metal bowl (but slightly smaller than your punch bowl), fill it with water and put it in the freezer until it’s a big solid block of ice. When you’re ready to serve your punch, dip the bottom of the bowl in warm water to loosen the ice and pop it in the punch bowl. Or, if your local liquor store sells 10-lb. blocks of ice, use that in ye olde punch bowl.

4. Use Fresh Garnish-y Stuff

Garnishes

Pick garnishes that indicate your punch's flavors.

In addition to a huge block of ice, think about pretty things to float in your punch. Our suggestions: slices of lemon or orange, lovely sliced strawberries or peaches, or whole fresh mint leaves. Things not to float in your punch: pool noodles, dollar bills, rubber duckies.

5. Don’t Buy Ugly Cups

If you’re working hard to serve an appealing punch, don’t hide it in those big red plastic party cups that we all have some regrettable memories of. For two reasons: Those cups are unsightly, and they also do not allow party-goers to enjoy the aesthetic benefits of your punch labors. Also, those cups are huge, which means that people will get drunk very fast and they will drink up all of your punch before the party is over. So get smaller, 8-10 oz. clear party cups. Smaller portions = fewer drunk people napping on your couch. You’re welcome.

With that, go out and punch yourself!

Bam-pop-pow,
Alie & Georgia

Comments (3484)

  1. weight loss pills posted 01/27/2013

    weight loss pills…

    One thing I’d like to touch upon is that weight loss program fast can be carried out by the proper diet and exercise. Someone’s size not simply affects appearance, but also the complete quality of life. Self-esteem, depressive disorder, health risks,…

  2. 350 PR 4+ Backlinks posted 01/27/2013

    350 PR 4+ Backlinks…

    [...]here are some hyperlinks to internet sites that we link to because we assume they are really worth visiting[...]…

  3. Zalando Gutschein posted 01/27/2013

    Zalando Gutschein…

    [...]one of our visitors a short while ago recommended the following website[...]…

  4. certified pre-owned vehicles posted 01/27/2013

    Superb website…

    [...]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  5. see posted 01/27/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  6. money mutual posted 01/27/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  7. cheap vacation spots posted 01/27/2013

    cheap vacation spots…

    [...]Here are several of the web pages we suggest for our visitors[...]…

  8. Wedding Reception Hall sullivan il…

    [...]the time to study or check out the subject material or web-sites we have linked to beneath the[...]…

  9. customer service reps posted 01/28/2013

    customer service reps…

    [...]just beneath, are several totally not related web-sites to ours, having said that, they’re surely really worth going over[...]…

  10. breville juicer posted 01/28/2013

    breville juicer…

    [...]check below, are some entirely unrelated websites to ours, even so, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  11. 9007 xenon bulbs posted 01/28/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  12. Artisan chocolate posted 01/28/2013

    Artisan chocolate…

    [...]please visit the web pages we adhere to, which includes this one particular, because it represents our picks through the web[...]…

  13. birch gold invest money posted 01/28/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  14. mattoon IL Wedding Reception posted 01/28/2013

    mattoon IL Wedding Reception…

    I know of the fact that today, more and more people will be attracted to digital cameras and the area of picture taking. However, really being a photographer, you need to first invest so much time frame deciding the model of digital camera to buy plus …

  15. Walking Dead posted 01/28/2013

    Walking Dead…

    [...]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[...]…

  16. Patek Philippe posted 01/28/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  17. free centriohost hosting posted 01/28/2013

    free centriohost hosting…

    [...]the time to study or go to the subject material or web-sites we have linked to below the[...]…

  18. gsdjkfhgksdgnsldkfg posted 01/28/2013

    Title…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]…

  19. personal trainer vaughan posted 01/29/2013

    personal trainer vaughan…

    [...]Here are a number of the web sites we recommend for our visitors[...]…

  20. Fat Booty Pictures posted 01/29/2013

    Fat Booty Pictures…

    Everyone loves what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work and exposure! Keep up the terrific works guys I’ve added you guys to my blogroll….

  21. Dallas SEO posted 01/29/2013

    Superb website…

    [...]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  22. canada web development posted 01/29/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  23. เกม posted 01/29/2013

    เกม…

  24. kadinlari anlamak posted 01/29/2013

    kadinlari anlamak…

    Thanks for the suggestions you share through this web site. In addition, lots of young women that become pregnant never even seek to get health care insurance because they fear they might not qualify. Although a lot of states today require insurers sup…

  25. 3d screensavers posted 01/29/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  26. home owners insurance fl posted 01/29/2013

    home owners insurance fl…

    [...]just beneath, are various entirely not related web sites to ours, nonetheless, they’re surely really worth going over[...]…

  27. social security disability application online…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a handful of unrelated information, nevertheless definitely worth taking a appear, whoa did 1 discover about Mid East has got additional problerms too [...]…

  28. florida home insurance posted 01/30/2013

    florida home insurance…

    [...]the time to read or check out the content material or internet sites we’ve linked to below the[...]…

  29. iconia pc tablet dengan windows 8…

    I have mastered some new points from your web site about pc’s. Another thing I’ve always believed is that computer systems have become a product that each home must have for a lot of reasons. They offer convenient ways in which to organize homes, pay…

  30. cheap web hosting posted 01/30/2013

    cheap web hosting…

    [...]just beneath, are several absolutely not associated websites to ours, nevertheless, they may be certainly really worth going over[...]…

  31. model shops uk posted 01/30/2013

    model shops uk…

    [...]Here is an excellent Weblog You might Locate Intriguing that we Encourage You[...]…

  32. Amateur teen porn video posted 01/30/2013

    Amateur teen porn video…

    [...]we came across a cool web site that you just might take pleasure in. Take a search in case you want[...]…

  33. biker singles posted 01/30/2013

    Blogs you should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  34. seorimícuaro posted 01/30/2013

    seorimícuaro…

    [...]usually posts some incredibly fascinating stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  35. printable coupon posted 01/31/2013

    printable coupon…

    [...]one of our guests just lately recommended the following website[...]…

  36. Vouchers bristol posted 01/31/2013

    Vouchers bristol…

    [...]check beneath, are some absolutely unrelated sites to ours, nevertheless, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  37. How To Get Youtube Views posted 01/31/2013

    How To Get Youtube Views…

    [...]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I appreciate but really don’t get a lot of link enjoy from[...]…

  38. Tablet PC Android posted 01/31/2013

    Tablet PC Android…

    [...]below you will come across the link to some web pages that we consider you need to visit[...]…

  39. Zalando Gutschein posted 01/31/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  40. verifica strutturale posted 01/31/2013

    verifica strutturale…

    [...]check beneath, are some completely unrelated internet sites to ours, nevertheless, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  41. bulk email software posted 01/31/2013

    bulk email software…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a number of unrelated information, nevertheless really really worth taking a search, whoa did 1 master about Mid East has got far more problerms at the same time [...]…

  42. Huaan Medical posted 01/31/2013

    Huaan Medical…

    [...]the time to read or stop by the content or web pages we have linked to beneath the[...]…

  43. adam eve coupon code posted 01/31/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  44. all natural girls posted 01/31/2013

    The Absent Game…

    Between me and my husband we’ve owned a lot more MP3 gamers through the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (typical & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few several years I’ve settled down to one line of players….

  45. Jayde Nicole Naked posted 01/31/2013

    Jayde Nicole Naked…

    [...]here are some hyperlinks to sites that we link to mainly because we believe they may be really worth visiting[...]…

  46. Terrance Cannon posted 01/31/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  47. the tao of badass review posted 01/31/2013

    the tao of badass review…

    [...]although sites we backlink to below are considerably not associated to ours, we really feel they may be truly worth a go through, so possess a look[...]…

  48. top hosting companies posted 01/31/2013

    top hosting companies…

    [...]please visit the web sites we follow, including this one particular, because it represents our picks through the web[...]…

  49. blog posted 01/31/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  50. Stalking posted 02/01/2013

    Digg this…

    While checking out DIGG today I noticed this…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c