If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve gathering tonight, champagne is a must have for your guests. It’s the unofficial official drink of NYE and you will look dumb if you don’t have any bubbly to ring in the New Year.


Bottles of champagne are so last year, though. How can you fulfill your obligation to provide champagne while still keeping things interesting? A nice big bowl of champagne punch. A little goes a long way and your guests will love the twist on a NYE classic.


Pomegranate-Champagne Punch


This punch is so easy to make that even if you’re cleaning your house all day and cooking, you really only need less than 5 minutes before guests come to put this Pomegranate-Champagne Punch together.


  • In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice, 1 cup pear nectar and 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (like Grand Marnier).


  • Slowly add a 750 ml bottle of Champagne to the mix


  • Serve over ice (have it available for the glasses, but don’t put it in the punch)


Canada Dry Champagne Punch


The original recipe for this Canada Dry Champagne Punch is non-alcoholic, but you know us… we love to spike an otherwise innocent drink.


  • Combine 6 cups champagne, 6 cups pineapple juice and 6 cups Canada Dry Ginger Ale in a big punch bowl.


  • Garnish with slices of lemons, limes, and oranges.


Elderflower-Champagne Punch


How classy will you sound if you tell your guests you made them an Elderflower-Champagne Punch? Really classy.


  • In a punch bowl, stir together 1 cup lemon juice and 1/2 superfine sugar until the sugar is dissolved.


  • Add 2 750 ml bottles of chilled champagne, 1 cup chilled cranberry juice cocktail, and 1 cup elderflower liqueur (like St-Germain).


  • Stir gently to combine and top with lemon slices to serve.


Ring in 2014 with a glass of champagne punch, good friends and plenty of fun. Cheers to the New Year.