For easier entertaining this New Year’s Eve, turn to an old favorite: the punch bowl. By mixing up a big ol’ batch of cocktails in advance, you’ll be able to enjoy every last minute of your party and the final moments of the year. These 16 recipes are a great way to ensure that you don’t find yourself stuck behind the bar making cocktails all night long. And if this bowlful of cheer doesn’t quite fit into your aesthetic, consider another effortless option: the DIY drink bar. Cheers!
5. Hot Licorice Punch: Don’t let the licorice flavor dissuade you from making this spiced fruit punch; simply leave off the sugar rim if anise isn’t up your alley. To take this booze-free beverage to the next level, just add a splash of brandy or black current liqueur. (via Food With a View)
9. Milk Punch: You’ll need to plan ahead to make this flavor-infused punch, but trust that your organization will pay off BIG time. The silver lining: Once mixed and strained, the punch keeps well for months in the fridge. (via Treats and Eats Blog)
10. Orange Green Tea Punch: Enjoy the slight caffeine boost provided by green tea in this sweet, fruity mocktail. For non-teetotalers, a glug (or two) of brandy is definitely a welcome addition. (via Savvy Eats)
11. Rum Campari Punch: Mix up this sweet-bitter punch several days ahead of the party for a twofold benefit: less party prep and a more palatable, well-balanced concoction. If that’s not a recipe for a smoother celebration, we’re not sure what is. (via Smitten Kitchen)
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