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Setting sail with Chilean wines

Setting sail with Chilean wines

Earlier this month, I joined a dozen or so other wine writers on a Wines of Chile cruise, which was, as it turned out, the wine cruise to end all wine cruises. Not only were we treated to Zodiac-led excursions to commune with glaciers, Antarctic forests, spectacular waterfalls where we saw colonies of elephant seals, cormorants and penguins, but we also spent four days with 45 winemakers from all parts of Chile, tasting and discussing nearly 100 wines they had made personally, most of which are available in the U.S.

On the Waterfront

Punta Arenas is the regional capital for Chile’s Terra del Fuego; its waterfront alive with fishing and other commercial vessels. Our home for the next three days was the adventure cruise ship Via Australis.

Writers’ Cramp

We checked in at the Australis’ downtown office, filling out forms, dropping off luggage, and wondering how large our cabins will be. One of our cruise leaders was legendary winemaker and Wines of Chile executive Aurelio Montes, who is in the gray jacket on the right.

Glasses for Classes

Onboard, the ship’s bar had been turned into a classroom for the first of six tastings to be conducted starting this evening and continuing over the next three days. Wines will include red blends, Mediterranean blends, pinots, cabs, and cool-climate whites.

Pinots Do Patagonia

Once on board, we immediately get to work tasting a flight of 11 pinot noirs, mostly from cool-weather coastal regions such as Casablanca and Leyda valleys. Winemaker Matías Ríos of Cono Sur winery leads the discussion.

Salmon and Ceviche

Where there’s wine, there must be food. We get the first-night dinner started off with an appetizer of smoked salmon with a vegetable ceviche. Patagonia lamb is also on the menu. Although not gourmet-class food, the Australis’ galley prepares a hearty cross-section of Chilean cuisine.

All Hands on Deck

The next morning, we assemble on deck in our life jackets for our first excursion, a short hop between the ship and the shore via fast-moving, inflatable Zodiacs. We land in Ainsworth Bay, where we come under the chilling stare of the two-headed Brookes Glacier.

Shore Leave

We split into smaller groups to explore the beach and nearby forest while the Australis guides give us an overview of local flora, fauna, and glacier lore. Although the temperature is the 40s, constant winds and sudden rain squalls make layering of clothing a must.

Groaning Glaciers

While the Brookes Glacier in the background lets out thunderous groans as its ice constantly shifts under tremendous pressures, Viña Koyle winemaker Cristóbal Undurraga examines a size “petite” iceberg that has broken from the glacier and washed ashore.

Play Misty for Me

After a couple of hours, we are ready for the Zodiacs to return us to the mother ship, almost shrouded by shifting mists, for lunch and another wine tasting: reds from grapes also grown along the Mediterranean followed by a late-night party of beer, booze, and more wine.

Good Morning, Patagonia!

We wake up too early to find the rain is gone — at least temporarily — and with stunning views of mountains awash in sunlight looming just off the ship. But there is also an unusual, nervous bustle among the ship’s crew and the Wines of Chile folks. We must check this out.

Booze Cruise Rescue

It seems we left Punta Arenas before 36 cases of wine arrived. Not to worry. The resourceful Chileans arrange for an 18-hour, 4WD delivery over unpaved roads through the mountains to a remote naval communications center. Our Zodiac crew swoops in and stashes the cache.

The Natives Are Resting

Our wine cellar secure, we again go ashore to explore a sub-Antarctic forest, trying not to disturb a pod of elephant seals that has come ashore for primo beach time. Our guide says they can move quickly if angered, and we decide not to test his knowledge of seals.

If Water Falls in the Forest...

Eventually, we let sleeping seals lie and make our way through marsh and wood to arrive at a Yellowstone-style waterfall fed by the ice pack. Later in the afternoon, a Zodiac tour of several glaciers that surround the fjord will provide an up-close view of the big chill.

Walk this Way

Not that I counted, but the latest penguin census on uninhabited Magdalena Island reported more than 60,000 mating pairs. As we make our way up a path to an abandoned lighthouse, we see many burrows where solitary penguins keep their eggs warm while their mates forage for fish.

Icing on the Cake

About 100 great Chilean wines tasted, plenty of comfort food, great company, lots of information, breathtaking Patagonia scenery, a long holiday from WiFi — what more could we ask for? Anything else would just be icing on the cake.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.


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