The Serious Eats Cookie Swap is one of our favorite annual traditions, when many of our writers and friends come in to swap and eat dozens and dozens of cookies. But I decided quite awhile ago that I wasn't going to play the cookie game. Nope—I was going to make the punch. This year we made three; come check out the recipes!
'holiday punches' on Serious Eats
Aged rum, blood orange juice, and bittersweet Campari make a vivid red punch.
I've been mixing variations of a Flaming Holiday Punch (known in some circles as "English Bishop") every December for years now. The base recipe is from Esquire's Handbook for Hosts, from 1949, which is nice on its own but quite open to improvisation. The ingredients are a cinch: a bottle of aged rum poured into a punch bowl over baked oranges studded with cloves. Toss in a little sugar and some holiday spice, turn down the lights before you apply a match to the hot liquid (careful!) and conversation is pretty much guaranteed to stop.