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At a recent wedding, instead of having a full bar or serving a signature drink, the caterer served cocktail punches. This is a great way to have another option for your guests and save you money on alcohol as well. You could offer beer and a couple of these cocktail punches. The punches could be served in a traditional punch bowl or in large glass canisters like the picture to the left. They taste just like a normal cocktail but since you are making them in a larger quantity it is much easier and you don’t have to mess with having a bartender make individual drinks.

Here are a few recipes that you could use or make up one that is significant to the two of you.

Margarita Punch

  • 2 (12 ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (12 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (1 ounce) bottle orange extract
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime soda
  • 1 1/2 cups tequila (more if you like you drink stronger)

Stir together the first 4 ingredients; add tequila and stir well. Add 7-up or Sprite and mix well again. Serve in glasses over ice. Keep chilled.

Cosmopolitan Punch

  • 3 cups vodka, an orange or citrus vodka is even better
  • 1 1/2 cups Cointreau
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup water

Mix all of the ingredients and add some ice to chill. You can also add in some lemon-lime soda to add some sweetness and sparkle to the punch. Throw in a few sliced limes to make it look pretty.

Sangria

  • 2 750-ml bottles of red wine
  • 12oz brandy
  • 6oz peach schnapps
  • 6oz fresh orange juice
  • 4oz lemon juice
  • 4oz simple syrup
  • sliced fruit (apples, citrus, peaches, etc.)
  • club soda or lemon-lime soda

Mix all liquid ingredients together in a large bowl. Ideally, allow for a little time (as short as an hour or less) for the fresh fruit to marinate with the wine mixture. When ready to serve, top off with club soda and ice.

Serve your alcohol with a punch - wedding punches - Pink with Envy Event Planning Services

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