Raise a toast to the holidays with six must-try punch recipes. Perfect for last-minute celebrations or for those who plan ahead, these party-ready cocktails are sure to be a hit!
‘Tis the season for cocktails to share!
This holiday season, we’re toasting to loved ones near and far with our favourite large-format drink recipes. From pre-prepared punches to beautiful batched classics, you’re sure to find a winner amongst this tasty crowd!
From the easy to the expert, read on to explore our top choices for your next festive get together. And be sure to stock up on the tools below to make holiday hosting a breeze!
What you’ll need:
- Empress 1908 Gin, of course!
- Plenty of ice
- Cocktail ingredients of choice (read on!)
- The perfect serving vessel: Check out our go-to carafe and tumblers from Viski Craft, or this gorgeous punch bowl from Crate & Barrel!
Keep it simple with our easieST recipes:
Short on time this holiday season? Try the 3-ingredient Duchess Punch, or @the.boozy.ginger‘s delightful Sparkling Holiday Punch!
- 12 oz Empress 1908 Gin
- 32 oz Cranberry Juice
- 8 oz Sparkling Wine
- Rosemary & Cranberries
Add all ingredients to a pitcher or punch bowl on ice, including the cranberries and rosemary. Serve in punch cups or stemless wine glasses. Yields eight 6 ½ oz cocktails.
SPARKLING HOLIDAY PUNCH:
Created by Sarah of @the.boozy.ginger, this effervescent punch is the perfect centrepiece for a cocktail party! Serves 8.
- 12 oz Empress 1908 Gin
- 4 oz Orange Liqueur
- 12 oz Cranberry Juice
- 6 oz Lime Juice
- Prosecco (1 oz per serving)
Add all ingredients except Prosecco to a pitcher or punch bowl. Add ice and stir until chilled. Serve over ice and top each serving with Prosecco. Garnish with orange slices and cranberries.
Watch the full tutorial here!
LOOKING TO LEVEL IT UP?
With slightly more ingredients and a few extra steps, these next recipes are surely worth the effort! Explore the Pineapple Orange Punch by @milkofthykindness, Pom Collins by @thesocialsipper, or @leisurefanclub‘s Festive Empress Punch!
PINEAPPLE ORANGE PUNCH:
Combining traditional winter flavours like cranberry and clove, with tropical notes of fruit like pineapple and ginger, this batched beauty will be winning hearts all season long! Serves 6-8.
- 6-8 oz Empress 1908 Gin
- 750 ml Pineapple Juice
- 250 ml Orange Juice
- 2 Tbsp Orange Zest
- 5-6 Whole Cloves
- 2-3 Tbsp Grated Ginger
- 1 cup Fresh Cranberries
- 1 Whole Orange, cut into thin slices
- 1 cup of Pineapple Slices
- Pineapple Flowers, to garnish* (See below!)
Combine the pineapple, orange juice and fruits in a pitcher with ginger, orange zest and cloves. Chill up to a day in advance to let the flavour marinate. Add Empress 1908 Gin and ice (directly to the pitcher or portion to individual glasses for preference.) Stir, and top it off with soda water if you like, in individual glasses. Garnish with a pineapple flower.
to make the pineapple flowers
Preheat your oven to 200F. Peel the pineapples and slice the fruit into thin wheels (leaving the core in). Make 5, 1/2 inch cuts around the edge of the wheels to mimic petals. Place the sliced pineapples on a cooling rack on top of a baking tray, and bake for 2 hours. Remove from the oven and mold the pineapples by placing them gently inside a muffin tin. Bake again until the flowers are golden and dry. Store in an airtight container.
FESTIVE EMPRESS PUNCH:
Another variation on a delicious holiday punch, @leisurefanclub‘s homemade Ginger Orange Simple Syrup sings in this next recipe.
- 16 oz Empress 1908 Gin
- 1 bottle Sparkling Wine Brut
- 32 oz Cranberry Juice (Unsweetened)
- 6 oz Orange Juice
- 4 oz Ginger Orange Syrup (click here for the recipe)
- Cranberry and Orange Ice Bundt (see below)
- Dried Orange Slices
Add all ingredients to a large punch bowl with ice of choice (see below on how to use a bundt pan to create a gorgeous ice wreath!) Give it a little stir, add dried orange slices and cranberries, and it’s done!
Fill a bundt pan with water and add a handful of cranberries and fruit/herbs of choice. Freeze overnight or until solid. When ready to prepare the punch, remove pan from freezer and let sit at room temperature for a few moments. Carefully flip the pan into the punch bowl, and let the ice wreath fall out. Then, make your punch and enjoy!
POM COLLINS PUNCH:
@thesocialsipper aced the large-format task with the Pom Collins Punch— if ‘merry & bright’ were a cocktail, this beauty would be it!
- 1 cup Empress 1908 Gin
- Juice of 2 Lemons
- ¾ cup Pomegranate Juice
- ½ cup Fresh Squeezed Mandarin Juice
- 2 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 tsp Orange Blossom Water
- 1½ cups Lemon Sparkling Water
- ¼ cup Pomegranate Arils
- 1 Mandarin, sliced
- 1 Lemon, sliced
- Rosemary and Citrus Leaves, for serving
Add all cocktail ingredients to a pitcher with ice and stir. Divide into glasses. If desired, garnish each glass with a citrus leaf and sprig of rosemary.
Watch the full recipe tutorial here.
A choice For the bold!
If you’re looking to push your bartending skills and leave a lasting impression, our final recipe from @trufflesontherocks is calling your name. With homemade cordial, tea infusions and more, the Flower in the Snow is as unique as it is delicious!
flower in the snow
Check out Jean-Félix’s latest video for a step-by-step tutorial on creating this cocktail at home. The best part? It’ll keep for weeks in the refrigerator, making planning an absolute breeze!
Wishing everyone a warm & wonderful holiday season. For more cocktail inspiration you know where to look: check out our Instagram, Cocktail Page, or Blog!