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Aug 17, 2011 01:10 PM

any recipes for an economical alcoholic punch to serve at a party for about 15 people?

I want to do something other than sangria.

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  1. What kind of liquor do you like to drink? What kind of flavors do you enjoy? And what does "economical" mean to you?

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    1. re: davis_sq_pro

      Maybe vodka or whiskey. I guess economical would be under $50

      1. re: sophia519

        I must admit all the "punches" I have made were actually pre-batched versions of cocktails that are normally made individually. So one option would be to pick a cocktail you already like and make a large batch ahead of time for your party, adding about a third of the volume in water to account for chilling it in the refrigerator instead of with ice.

        12 Bottle Bar is a blog I like, and they have a recipe for an interesting sounding whiskey punch with grenadine and hard cider here:

        If you make it with a less expensive whiskey, it should be pretty economical.

        I would also recommend taking a look at Dave Wondrich's recent book Punch if you get a chance, as that seems to be the best reference on the subject.

    2. How about just a spiked lemon/limeade type thing? Maybe add some blood orange juice and slices.

      1. 2 large can pineapple juice + 1 carton (or frozen) pitcher Orange Juice + fresh lime juice + Rum (1/2 dark and 1/2 light or whatever you have but probably not all dark).

        I can offer you no portion suggestions, because it's up to you (I like lots of rum!)

        Just keep tasting and serve over ice.

        If you have a nice display, float thinly sliced oranges.

        Vodka Alternative

        2 large cartons Fancy Lemonade (or make own) + 7UP/Sprite (add before serving) + Booze (could also use Jack Daniels + triple sec instead of vodka for Lynchburg Lemonade.) Serve over ice in mason jars.....

        1. I have had success with the one in this thread by MC Slim JB. My only alteration was to add simple syrup. The better your ingredients the better the punch so fresh squeezed lime juice and homemade grenadine were tactics that brought the quality level up.

          I just used light and and gold rum though

          1. I actually was just going to post this same question, but Sophia beat me to it. I'd love help also!

            I have a vodka and I have an interesting bottle of cherry-pomegranate juice that I wanted to make a batch of cocktails with, but wasn't sure of porportions and/or if I should add anything to it to make it "fizzy". Lime? Adornments to it?

            I'll have probably around 15 people to serve, but will also have out beer and and wine, so I wanted to have a pre-made cocktail to go as well.

            I'd be grateful for any vodka ideas, and especially any where I might be able to use this juice (granted, the bottle is only 64 oz. so wouldn't last all that long...)

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            1. re: Tehama

              Unless you've already bought the vodka, I'd use a spirit with flavor. Maybe cachaca or rum, lime, your juice and some mint. You could pre-mix it in a pitcher and simply pour it over ice at service time. I'd start with (per serving):

              2 oz Cachaca or light flavorful rum
              1 1/2 oz Pom/cherry juice
              1/2 oz lime juice (adjust to balance pom/cherry juice)
              1 dash Bittermens Mole bitters (totally optional, but I bet it would be good)
              1 sprig mint (lightly muddled)

              If you are looking for a highball-type cocktail, I'd add a couple of ounces of seltzer (at service time).

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              1. re: EvergreenDan

                Hi Dan! Thank you so much! I do have a nice, hefty bottle of vodka I was going to use, but sounds like rum would be much tastier. I noted you said "flavorful rum." I am no mixologist, so please forgive me if this sounds absolutely crazy, but do you mean something like Malibu? A friend gave me a bottle which I have yet to open.

                What an awesome drink you concocted - thank you so much for the suggestion!

                1. re: Tehama

                  God no. Poor choice of words. Not a flavored rum, but a white rum with lots of nice flavor. Not something like regular Bacardi, but maybe Cruzan or Brugal or Flor de Cana or Appleton.

                  Also, in thinking about it, regular Angostura bitters would be fine if Bittermens.Xocolatl Mole bitters isn't available. We are blessed here in Boston. Several liquor stores are stocking the Bittermens line, in addition to The Boston Shaker which is nearly walking distance from my house.

                  Be sure the lime juice is fresh.

                  1. re: EvergreenDan

                    Thanks a million! I'm afraid the extent of my bartending repetoire is limited to vodka tonics! Though I am a fan of the Cranberry Champagne Cocktail on Epicurious when I am feeling 'confident' in my mixing.

                    I so appreciate your advice!

                    1. re: Tehama

                      This group is very helpful with expanding that repertoire. ;) Just let us know some likes, and so forth....

                2. re: EvergreenDan

                  Dan: I have taken a beating here! At least give me credit for introducing a "gin" drink .... LOL

                  Obviously, real citrus juice and/or bitters would be better, but the call of the question seemed to suggest easy/economical.