It’s 5 p.m. Your hair’s soaking wet, you're still in your robe, and you have friends coming over in 30 minutes. The only solution is to start panicking, right? Nah. Time to pop the bubbly, because champagne is here to save the day. Not like that’s anything new, but this time it’s hitting a one-two-three punch.
Spend five minutes making this big-batch punch and spend another five stocking your bar with the essentials that give guests three different options for spicing it up. You have to please your “simple” friend who gets bombed off of one glass of champagne and the guy who says, “You know I only drink bourbon!” Now there's something for everyone...
A Champagne Punch to Please a Crowd (Served 3 Ways)
Recipe by: Jamie Webber
Makes: 16 cocktails
1 750mL bottle of Champagne or prosecco, chilled
2 cups ginger ale, chilled
1 cup club soda, chilled
1 1/2 ounces (1 shot) Triple Sec
1. Add all ingredients to a large punch bowl or large drink dispenser and stir well.
2. Stock your bar with the following items so all of your friends are happy:
For the “I wish I was in the tropics instead of this party” friend
1 1/2 ounces rum
5 frozen raspberries, slightly thawed
3 mint leaves
Add raspberries and mint leaves to the bottom of the glass and muddle until slightly combined. Pour champagne punch into your glass until it's halfway full, and then add a shot (or two or three) of rum. Fill with ice. Stir well.
For the “I like it strong” friend
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
Orange peel twist
Fill a glass with ice, pour the champagne punch about half of the way full, then add a shot of bourbon. Attempt to twist your orange peel for a fancy touch. Stir well.
For the “I just want to drink champagne and dance on the table” friend
3 basil leaves
5 frozen cranberries
Fill a glass with ice, pour the champagne punch until the glass is almost full, then add basil leaves and cranberries to the glass and watch these festive additions float. Stir well.