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Warm up the crowd! 7 big-batch cocktail recipes for holiday gatherings

Break out the punch bowl! Take the stress out of holiday entertaining by creating a signature drink (or two!) that guests can serve themselves. Here are seven big-batch cocktail recipes to try, from holiday classics to surprising creations.1. Champagne holiday punch: Because champagne is the basis of this pink punch from Between Naps on the Porch, it makes a perfect potion for a New Year’s Eve
Big batch holiday cocktails
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Break out the punch bowl! Take the stress out of holiday entertaining by creating a signature drink (or two!) that guests can serve themselves. Here are seven big-batch cocktail recipes to try, from holiday classics to surprising creations.

Champagne Holiday Punch
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1. Champagne holiday punchBecause champagne is the basis of this pink punch from Between Naps on the Porch, it makes a perfect potion for a New Year’s Eve bash.

Mulled Wine
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2. Mulled wine: Make Gimme Some Oven’s spiced mulled wine in the slow cooker for even less effort this bustling season.

Homemade Eggnog
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3. Homemade eggnog: Eggnog is the quintessential holiday favorite, and works well when served from a great big bowl. Will Cook for Friends' recipe can grow as large as your group.

White Christmas Sangria
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4. White Christmas sangria: The cranberries in this white sangria from Cooking Stoned make a gorgeous presentation in a big glass bowl.

Spiced caramel apple cider
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5. Spiced caramel apple ciderThis hot beverage from Butter With a Side of Bread works great for an all-ages crowd—let the adults spike with booze to taste. Don’t forget to leave out a can of whipped cream and a jar of caramel sauce for guests to put on the finishing touches!

Christmas Punch
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6. Christmas punch: Cranberry juice gives this simple punch from Making Lemonade its festive hue — and a bottle of champagne gives it kick. (Substitute lemon-lime soda for a virgin twist.) Use a spring of rosemary as a fragrant garnish.

Apple, pear and pomegranate sangria
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7. Apple, pear and pomegranate sangria: Use freshly ground nutmeg in this fruity sangria recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron for an extra flavorful complement to the colorful floating fruit.