All of you New Year’s Eve hosting folks out there—listen up! If you want to have ample time for socializing and toasting at your holiday party, you’d better punch things up! And by that I mean make a New Year’s Eve party punch!

Making a signature party punch will keep the bartending to a minimum while still serving up plenty of cocktails. So grab your punch bowl and ladle and prepare a few big batches of these eight toast-worthy concoctions for ringing in 2015…

1. Blood-Orange Punch

Talk about a fresh start to the New Year! This tart and sparkling blood-orange punch is made with a festive base of dark ruby, red juice; natural orange soda (I use San Pellegrino, but you can go with Perrier), fresh lime, and a dash of bitters. Spike your holiday punch with light rum, and crown with fresh blood orange sections.

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Source: Martha Stewart

2. St. Cecilia’s Punch

Champagne from France and exotic herbs from West Indian mingle with dark rum, brandy marinated pineapple and lemon, club soda, and green tea simple syrup to create this fizzy punch, worthy of toasting the New Year! This recipe was created in Charleston, South Carolina and named for the St. Cecilia Musical Society where bubbly glasses of this delicious concoction were first served up.

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Source: Chow.com

3. Egg Nog Punch

The holiday season isn’t quite complete until you have a frothy glass of egg nog in your mitts! Luckily, after you try this real eggnog, you’ll never reach for the stuff in the carton again. Your guests will delight in this light, spicy, nutmeg-scented brew with just the right amount of sweetness—heavy cream, whole milk, egg yolks, and plenty of bourbon (or brandy if you prefer), but of course!

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Source: Macheesmo.com

4. Cranberry Sparkle

This tall, crisp glass of Cranberry Sparkle says New Year’s Eve all over it—especially when you serve it up to guests in crystal champagne flutes with a stylish garnish of cranberries and orange peel draped over the lip of each glass. One taste reveals a splash of orange flavored liqueur, cranberry juice, and sparkling wine (or sparkling apple cider), perfect for toasting when the ball drops!

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Source: Inspired Taste

5. Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch

Nothing welcomes guests to your cozy home for New Year’s Eve festivities more than a glass of warm, gin-infused punch. This batch of Hendrick’s gin punch will warm the cockles faster than you can say, “Frosty the Snowman”! Each comforting tipple is infused with warm gin and Madeira wine, honey, nutmeg and cinnamon, lemon rind, fresh pineapple, fresh lemon, brown sugar, cloves, and orange slices.

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Source: Liquor.com

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6. Apple Fennel Punch

If champagne is not to your fancy, you can try rye in a punch and usher in 2015 with a distinct bang! This apple fennel punch recipe combines apple liqueur and apple bitters with ginger wine and rye. However, the authentic winter flavors come from bergamot tea leaves and a unique fennel syrup made with crushed fennel seeds.

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Source: SeriousEats.com

7. Watermelon Sangria

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to stick to winter fruits (oranges and apples) to wet your whistle. This watermelon sangria recipe toasts the best of all seasons, by using a classic Spanish sangria recipe of wine, fruit, and brandy and jazzing it up with juicy watermelon.

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Source: Food and Wine

8. Sevilla 75

Who better to ask for New Year’s Eve punch recommendations than the folks in the Big Apple? New York knows how to usher in a new year in style! This new rendition of the French 75 with Spanish cava rather than champagne, and cognac versus gin is a little less sweet, but still plenty festive and bright.

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Source: NY Mag

 

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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