Give yourself the best gift of all this Christmas: not playing bartender all night at your holiday party! Big batch cocktails and holiday punches are truly the gift that keep on giving, and we've got plenty that will keep the party going strong until New Year's. Our recipes for Jingle Juice, Prosecco punch, or cranberry sangria just take a few minutes to mix up, and then you'll be well on your way to making merry.
Any of your favorite cocktails can be made in large batches when you mix it in the right order: alcohol first, then flavorings, then any fruit or bubbly at party time. Sangria is one of the easiest big-batch cocktails to make ahead, and we've got plenty of recipes that go beyond just white sangria and red sangria. Mix up a batch of some of our favorite winter sangrias, like apple cider sangria and pumpkin pie sangria, and feel free to add any and all of your favorite winter fruits, like cranberries and sliced pears. We've even taken our favorite warm weather cocktail, the Aperol Spritz, and made it sweater weather-ready in the form of our apple cider spritz.
Need to restock that bar cart? We've tried all the best gins, vodkas, and tequilas to add to your collection. And if you really want to be Christmas party-ready, try one of our favorite bartending kits. And while you're boozing, you might as well try out all our favorite holiday cocktails, Christmas shots, and holiday party appetizers to add to the table, too. Behind the ball? Not anymore! We have all the super-easy, last-minute appetizers that will keep your guests on the nice list. 😉
If the holidays stress you out a little too much, then Grinch punch was made for you. As simple as mixing everything in a punch bowl and ladling into glasses, it's an easy, no-fuss Christmas punch perfect for your next party! Even your crankiest of guests will love it!
Get the Boozy Grinch Punch recipe.
Is it even the holidays without a little cranberry orange action? The bold red color and even bolder flavors are impressive, but it only takes 5 minutes to throw together. 😍
Get the Fizzy Cranberry-Orange Punch recipe.
Bright and fruity, this Prosecco punch shines during the warmer weather but is so delicious, it deserves to be celebrated all year round. This boozy bowl will be a refreshing, light contrast to your heavier Christmas spread.
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Waltzing right into fall with spiced cider and a kiss of pumpkin spice, Aperol’s orange-herbal aspects bring out the best in the cider flavors. To make a big batch, make a pitcher of the cider, Aperol, and pumpkin spice mix, then just add to glasses with ice, a garnish, and Prosecco for a cocktail as crisp and bright as the best fall day.
Get the Apple Cider Spritz recipe.
Apple cider is THE go-to when it comes to taking summery sangria into fall, but it can be a little sweet. Pair it with cranberry juice to keep it tart, and you can drink this all fall and winter long.
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Making this mulled wine couldn't be easier: Combine a bottle of red wine with some orange slices, warm spices, honey, and brandy, and let it simmer for 10 minutes. THAT'S IT. We like using dry varietals like Merlot, Malbec, or Cabernet Sauvignon. But really, your favorite bottle, whatever it may be, should work!
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It's a joyous union of two beloved fall flavors: salted caramel and apple. If you have trouble finding salted caramel-flavored vodka, you could always use regular vodka and garnish the drink with a caramel drizzle.
Get the Salted Caramel-Apple Cider Punch recipe.
A good punch really gets the party started! This one is filled with fruit, plenty of booze, and enough sherbet to go around. We love it for its simplicity and the fun pops of color it brings!
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This four-ingredient punch couldn't be easier but will be the refreshing drink your guests will be looking for! For extra style points, add lemon slices to the pitcher and garnish each glass with a slice before serving.
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This gorgeous cranberry and pear punch is not only deliciously refreshing, but super-simple to make. The three ingredients combine together in five minutes, making this easy enough to whip up last-minute, but fancy enough to look like you put in tons of effort.
Get the Sparkling Pear-Prosecco Punch recipe.
Orange juice and Prosecco get a level up thanks to sweet vanilla ice cream and bubbly ginger ale. We love this punch in the morning, but it's honestly delicious any time of day (or even as dessert?).
Get the Creamsicle Punch recipe.
This festive punch is always a solid option in our book. Sweet and fruity, this is the perfect way to get your Christmas celebration started.
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This'll add a fruity splash to the drink table.
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Sangria is the way to go for big batch cocktails. The classic drink only needs 5 things: wine, liqueur, fruit, sweetener, and something bubbly. You can customize and pick your favorite of each, and you'll have your own sangria recipe that you'll be sure to love.
Get the White Wine Sangria recipe.
Adding your favorite seltzer to punch? Genius. This rosé punch takes things up a notch by adding fruity seltzer, honey, fresh fruit, and a bit more booze—basically, it's the perfect refreshing drink.
Get the Rosé All Day Punch recipe.