9 Ladies Dancing Punch Recipe

A festive punch with Scotch, sherry, and chai spices. Elana Lepkowski

This holiday season, bring Scotch to the punch-bowl party with these nine star ingredients!

Why this recipe works:

  • This punch can be pre-mixed one day ahead for easy party prep day of.
  • Chai tea provides tons of flavor without the hassle of having to buy and blend loose spices.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 6 hrs
Serves: 26 servings

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For the Vanilla Cinnamon Syrup:

  • 4 (3- or 4-inch) cinnamon sticks

  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

For the Chai Tea:

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 3 chai tea bags

For the Punch:

  • 1 (750ml) bottle blended Scotch, such as Monkey Shoulder

  • 2 1/4 cups Lustau East India Solera Sherry (see note)

  • 3/4 cup fresh juice from about 6 lemons

  • 1 1/2 cups Vanilla Cinnamon Syrup

  • 2 cups Chai Tea

  • 1/8 cup Angostura bitters

  • 6 orange wheels, star anise, ice block (see note), for garnish


  1. For the Vanilla Cinnamon Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean seeds and pod, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour. Strain. The syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

  2. For the Chai Tea: Combine boiling water and tea in a heatproof container. Let steep for 4 minutes. Discard tea bags and let tea cool to room temperature before adding to punch.

  3. For the Punch: In a punch bowl or large container, combine Scotch, sherry, lemon juice, syrup, tea, and bitters. Stir to combine. Refrigerate for 5 hours or up to overnight. When ready to serve, add an ice block and garnish as desired.


If you can't find Lustau East India Solera Sherry, which is a blend of Oloroso and PX sherries, substitute another high quality Cream Sherry. To make an ice block, fill a Tupperware container 3/4 full with water, adding rinsed cranberries if desired. Freeze overnight. To remove, let sit 10 minutes at room temperature, then twist to remove, or run under hot water for 5 seconds.

Special Equipment

Punch bowl, medium saucepan, fine mesh strainer, heatproof container

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
159 Calories
7g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 26
Amount per serving
Calories 159
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 35mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)