Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business

You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you’d probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you’re working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that’s going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest’s arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that’s punch — a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don’t need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

 

  1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

 

  1. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

 

  1. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

 

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  1. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don’t think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn’t that sound like something you’ve always wanted?

 

  1. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

 

  1. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

 

  1. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.