Holiday Party Punches

With all that party-hopping (and if you’re hosting, prepping), quick, easy cocktails are a must. So we grabbed our punch bowls and spent an afternoon at the bar with our beverage director to whip up three boozy concoctions you can easily batch and serve at the rest of your holiday gatherings!

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Eggnog Old Fashioned

Serves 8-10

  • 1 1/2 cups (12 oz) George Dickel No. 12
  • 1 bottle Califia Farms Almond Milk – Holiday Nog
  • 4 dashes Jack Rudy Bitters

Now that’s a good egg(nog). Because you’re probably enjoying this alongside some pretty heavy apps and sweets, we swapped in an almond milk nog for a lighter take on the traditional spiked eggnog – but if you’re about the moo and want something a bit richer, just swap it out for this bottle.

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or punch bowl and stir gently until incorporated. Ladle into cups over ice and top off with a dusting of ground cinnamon.

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Grinch Juice

Serves 12-14

  • 1 bottle Gruet, Brut
  • 2 cups Ketel One
  • 2 bottles Natalie’s Juices – Lemonade
  • 1 cup Matchabar – Original Matcha (SHAKE WELL!)

Our kind of green juice. These clean and approachable flavors make the perfect light libation – and with those bubbles, we’re making a mental note to add this to our spring brunch rotation, too.

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl over ice (highly recommend these classic Chicago cubes for best results). Stir occasionally to keep the matcha from settling. Making this for a party? Be sure to mix this right before guests arrive to keep the brut bubbles alive.

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Mulled Red Wine

Serves 8-10

  • 1 bottle The Whole Shebang! Red Blend
  • 1 bottle Mini Few Bourbon
  • 2 cups Red Jacket Orchards Cider
  • 1 bottle Bittermilk – Old Fashioned
  • 5 tbsp Honey

First rule of mulled wine drinks: it’s important to use a BIG wine when heating over the stove – you’ll burn some alcohol and it could damage a lighter varietal or styled wine. Got it? 👍🏼

We’ve added Bittermilk mix to ours for an added depth of flavor, and a splash of fresh apple cider for a refreshing finish to this cold weather classic. Depending on your preferred level of sweetness, add or subtract a tablespoon of honey, and for another layer of flavor, add a few dashes of cinnamon or other spices.

Add all ingredients into a large pot and stir until the honey is well incorporated. Heat the mixture and bring to a gentle simmer (don’t let it come to a boil!). Let it rest for about 20 minutes or until it reaches a tea-drinking temperature. Serve directly from the pot or a heat-friendly container.

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