Take refuge from the summer heat with fresh, fruity punches that will have you inspired to throw your own backyard fete. Whether you like wine sangrias, rum-infused cocktails, or blueberry spritzers, one of these party punches will surely appeal. Here, we rounded up the tastiest (and prettiest!) punches that are best enjoyed al fresco.
Strawberry Mojito Punch
The best summer cocktails are light and fruity, and this punch by Damn Delicious ticks both boxes. Muddled limes and strawberries give the drink a vibrant color, while pineapple juice gives it the right touch of sweetness. All you need is light rum to finish it off, and you have a perfect punch for a small party of four.
Caribbean Rum Punch
Rum-infused punches just might be the quintessential party drink. This one by Lemons for Lulu uses orange, lime, and pineapple juices, both light and dark rum, and grenadine. Add cute little fruit toppers to really bring the summer vibes.
Salty Dog Punch
If you prefer sour over sweet, this recipe from Crazy for Crust will be your go-to drink. Grapefruit juice, lemon lime soda, and vodka is used to make this pale pink cocktail. Don’t forget to salt the rim.
Pineapple, Mango, Rum Punch
Turn your backyard patio into a tropical getaway with this rum punch by Paper & Stitch. Using grenadine for a pop of color and plenty of florals for garnish, this just might be the most beautiful cocktail we’ve ever seen.
Add this drink by Taste & See to your party-hosting repertoire, and you won’t regret it. In just 10 minutes, you’ll have eight drinks on the ready using orange and grapefruit juice, Aperol, and gin. The best part? Fresh rosemary sprigs muddled with turbinado sugar for a slightly sweet and earthy flavor.
Cucumber Melon Sangria
Here’s a sangria recipe from Garnish with Lemon that’s even more refreshing thanks to fresh cucumber slices, honeydew melon, and mint. The fresh greens lend an aromatic flair to the dry white wine for a perfect sip-all-night-long punch.
If you haven’t heard of Pimm’s, get ready for a new summer obsession. This classic liqueur from across the pond has been around since the late 1800’s and tastes like citrus fruit and spices. Use it in this recipe by With Food & Love in addition to blackberries, strawberries, and cucumbers. Pack it to go for a perfect addition to an outdoor picnic.
Watermelon Hibiscus Agua Fresca
This surprisingly healthy drink from Earthy Feast is made with only blended watermelon, hibiscus tea, and agave nectar. Although this recipe is non-alcoholic, you can add any spirit for a party cocktail that’s on the healthier side.
Pomegranate Sangria with Kumquats
Although sangria makes a great punch, adding kumquats to the mix adds the right touch of uniqueness to this classic wine-infused beverage. And pomegranate juice adds major antioxidants and some tang to this recipe from Food and Style.
Blueberry, Gin, and Sage Punch
Blueberries lend their deep, rich color to this gorgeous, flavorful punch by Feasting at Home. Use a clear drink dispenser to really show off your liquid masterpiece.
Originally published June 2017. Updated August 2017.
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