- by Selena Ricks-Good
Gather your guests around the punch bowl this fall for easy entertaining. Whether you are hosting a spooky Halloween party or simply celebrating the season, these punch recipes will satisfy your guests without forcing you to stand behind the bar all night.
Consider making your punch a frightful treat by adding an icy hand (made by freezing water inside a clean rubber glove), frozen grapes (look like eyeballs) or gummy worms. Ladle your punch out of a pumpkin, cauldron, or a novelty skull to further impress your guests. And while it's cool to use dry ice for a creepy mist effect, no one should put dry ice in their mouths.Bloody Red-Rum Sangria
Add all ingredients to a large punch bowl and chill at least two hours. Serve over ice in punch glasses.Ghastly Grape Punch
Combine grape juice and spices in a large pot. Bring just to a simmer, then remove from heat and let stand, covered, 20 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve (discard solids), and chill. To serve, combine with simple syrup and vodka, if using. Serve over ice in a tall glass, and garnish with frozen black grapes or black gummy worms.Hot Buttered Spiked Cider
Make spiced butter by combining butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a small bowl. Use a plastic spatula to transfer butter mixture to the middle of a 12" x 12" piece of plastic wrap. Fold plastic wrap over butter mixture and shape into a log, twisting ends to seal closed. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Bring apple cider to a simmer over medium heat in a large pot, then turn heat to low. Remove spiced butter from plastic wrap and cut into 1-inch pieces. Add to hot cider and stir continuously until all butter is melted.
Ladle buttered cider into mug, garnish with cinnamon stick and top with a shot of rum or apple brandy if desired. Serve hot.Hendrick's Hot Gin Punch
Add all the ingredients to a large saucepan over low heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. To serve, pour the hot mixture into a punchbowl or teapot and garnish with orange slices studded with cloves.Pom-Acai Punch
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with the lemon wheel and cherry.