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Easy Make-Ahead Punches for the Big Game

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It’s that time of year again, when two American football teams, clad in spandex, run around in circles throwing an ovoid ball back and forth, battling for the championship title and a fat golden ring. It is a time for celebration. A time for screaming at the TV. And a time for eating and drinking until you are on the verge of bursting.

With every great game day party comes great responsibility. The woes of hosting are no joke: Are my couch cushions comfortable enough? How many people can sit at once in my living room? How do you make 300 deep-fried hot wings in a tiny kitchen without lighting something on fire? How do I muddle 50 Mojitos while the game is on? (You don’t.) While we can’t help you buy a new couch or start a mini wing empire, we can make the drink-making part of your day a lot easier.

The secret to an easy, stress-free game day party is making as much ahead of time as you can—and that includes drinks. Like seven-layer dips and chili, punches are a godsend for stressed out hosts. Easy to pre-batch in large quantities, these three game day punches will insure you’ll be the real winner this Sunday.

A variation on the Fish House Punch, this game day party punch was created with rowdiness and chicken wings in mind. With a full bottle of rum and half a bottle of Cognac (not to mention the addition of two liqueurs) this deceptively easy to drink punch packs a mighty, boozy wallop. Pad your stomach with hot wings and get ready for your party to go down in history as one of the greats. The only downside: Next year, twenty more of your friends will be requesting an invite.

The Essentials

Rum
Cognac
Raspberry Liqueur
The perfect marriage of a Salty Dog and a Shandy, this make-ahead, party-sized cocktail will surely be a hit with the agave fans at your game day celebration. Light and refreshing, with a backbone of smoky mezcal spice, the Excessive Celebration Punch gets an effervescent topper of grapefruit soda and beer. A perfect accompaniment to crunchy, cheesy snacks, the mix of salt, sour and sweet is best with a heaping plate of nachos or spicy dip. Just remember to keep your excessive frustration in check when your guests drink all of the punch before you get a second cup.
 

The Essentials

Mezcal
Squirt Soda
Corona
We’ve waxed poetic about oleo saccharum before; the deliciously bright, gooey, lemon-infused syrup is the cornerstone of a good punch—and this party-sized variation on the classic New York Sour is proof. Combined with spicy rye whiskey, the puckery syrup blossoms into a deeply flavorful base. Topped with red wine, it’s an ombre masterpiece.

The key to this punch’s success relies on two things: making the oleo saccharum at least two days before your party and giving the punch a chance to amalgamate in the fridge overnight. The longer the pitcher-sized cocktail sits, the better it gets.

The Essentials

Whiskey
lemonade
Red Wine

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