Nog's the undisputed King of holiday hooch, but if you guzzle it at every party you hit, you'll just become fat, and lactose intolerant. To add some seasonal variety, mix up one or all of these stupefying punches
The Good Neighbor Created by: Toby Maloney (Alchemy Consulting, Freeman's) Perfect if you're: hoping to get your neighbors warmly drunk before warmly molesting them.
Ingredients 2 cups Laird's Bonded Applejack (or Calvados) 2 cups rye whiskey 3/4 cup fresh squeezed ginger juice (from any fresh juice purveyor) 3/4 cup sugar 1.5 cups fresh lemon juice 7 dashes of bitters 1 bottle hard cider (dry's best) Large, cold ice cube
Combine everything but ice/cider in a large bowl. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Put in fridge for a couple of hours. Add ice/cider at last minute. Garnish with apple slices and lemon wheels.
Japonais Holiday Punch Created by: Julio Burbano (beverage director, Japonais) Perfect if you're: A man with five gallons worth of friends, who aren't afraid to get fruity.
Ingredients 1 gallon Ichico shochu 1 gallon Ozeki dry sake 1 gallon Stoli Razpberi 2 qts Peach Schnapps 2 qts sweet and sour mix 2 qts cranberry juice 4 cups ground cinnamon (can add more to taste
Mix everything together and garnish with orange supremes and dried cranberry.
White Blueberry Pomegranate Punch Created by: Marty Vaz (Gin Lane) Perfect if you're: An accomplished amateur mixologist, or a guy who doesn't have to go to work even when it's not a holiday.
Ingredients (the crazier stuff's available at Whole Foods/GNC) Bottle of premium vodka Bottle of kava Bottle of Prosecco 1.5oz white blueberry tea leaves 1.5oz agave nectar 1oz fresh squeezed OJ 1.75oz simple syrup 2oz pomegranate juice 1.75oz lemon juice 2oz Pama pomegranate liqueur 1 small container of blueberrie
Place tea in a stainless steel bowl w/ 4oz of the vodka. Center bowl in a frying pan, and fill pan w/ water. Steep 5-7 minutes, then strain vodka/tea back into vodka bottle. Dump agave nectar and blueberries into bottle, and let infuse for two days. Then fill a punch bowl w/ ice and pour in the vodka, Prosecco, and kava. Stir rest of the ingredients in a mixing cup, then add to bowl. Garnish glasses w/ handful of blueberries, a lemon coil, and a mint leaf. Collapse in heap from your mighty efforts.