These 7 Punch Bowl Recipes Are a Last-Minute Partier's Dream

Updated 09/23/16

Sunnier weather begets last-minute gatherings. That's just a given. When the perfect climate strikes on a Saturday afternoon, it's good form to invite the crew over for a deck party. If you're hosting an impromptu shindig, there's no easier bartender fix than bulk-batch punch. These artful and inspired twists on classic party favorites are a go-to for anyone looking for a stress-free planning mode. Even if the party is in full swing, if you find your gang running low on provisions, these easy combinations clock in at around 10 minutes each, in terms of prep time.

The self-serve appeal also leaves you more time to mix and mingle with your guests without the hassle or added cost of hiring a bartender. No need to belabor the point: They're really easy, okay? Can we party now?

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Tropical Pineapple Punch

This poolside-ready tropical elixir pairs fresh papaya, mango, and pineapple with vodka. It's a festive choice for summertime soirées or an afternoon spent daydreaming about your next island vacation.

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Punch House Spritz

This simple riff on a classic spritz promises to be among the most popular batch beverages to grace any party spread. The well-balanced recipe combines Lambrusco rosato with refreshing grapefruit and bitter Cocchi Americano. It's a sure thing.

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Pear Ginger White Sangria

This light and bright chilled white sangria recipe is perfect for beating the summer heat. Grab a bottle of your favorite riesling and combine with seasonal stone fruits. The longer it sits, the better. To take the stress entirely out of dinner-party night, prep a few days in advance.

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Pixie Rum Punch

Inspired by the magical home of the Ojai Pixie tangerine, this classic rum punch has a twist of California cool. The simple recipe can be made in any size batch, and the mix of tangerines, rum, lime, and bitters is almost too easy.

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Pineapple Whiskey Punch

We love the execution of this simple pineapple whiskey punch combo. Whip up a large batch in advance and keep refrigerated. When you're ready to serve, toss in frozen pineapple cubes in lieu of ice. The fruit will keep things cool without watering down the booze. 

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Boozy Grapefruit Sparkling Lemonade

Bust out the Beyoncé on vinyl and tee this intoxicating concoction up for your next girls' night in. All you need to execute the sparkling lemonade recipe is a single grapefruit, a lemon, sugar, vodka, and sparkling water, all things one might reasonably have on hand. We're flagging it for all impromptu dance parties. Clear the furniture. 

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Pomegranate and Orange Champagne Punch

Throw a Christmas in July party with this colorful pomegranate-plus-champagne party favorite. To cut down on prep time, you can purchase pre-separated pomegranate seeds. The recipe calls for mint leaf ice cubes. From there, the equation goes something like "add champagne and stir."

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What's your hostess style: Prep in advance or improvise on the fly?

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