5 Whisky Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties
December 12, 2017 –––––– Brittany Risher
When it comes to serving cocktails at holiday parties, you have two options: Spend the entire night shaking, stirring, juicing, and garnishing, and miss out on most of the fun—or make a bowl of punch, let guests serve themselves, and actually enjoy the night.Easy choice, right?“Whenever I host a party, everyone expects some cocktails. Pre-batching a large format cocktail means guests can serve themselves, and I can spend time hanging out, rather than preparing everyone's drinks,” says Bryan Schneider, bartender at New York City's Quality Eats.Whisky is the ideal base spirit for this time of year, since the flavors from the barrel pair so well with winter spices, and, according to Schneider, “spice is essential for a perfect punch.”The other essential: serving your drink at the perfect temperature. If your punch is designed to be served hot, keep it in a slow cooker on the low setting.Chilled drinks are a bit more finicky, so follow the recipe. If it calls for adding water or ice cubes to your punch bowl, trust that you need those for proper dilution. “Since you won't be shaking cocktails to order with ice, you need to dilute your punches before they are served,” Schneider says. “Punches are meant to last the long-haul of the party. You don't want everyone tanked after the first glass.” Keep an ice bucket beside the punch bowl for guests to add to their own drinks when serving themselves.Have a crowd coming over? Try one of these five festive punches.