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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.