This article was originally published in December 2015

A festive, affordable way to provide mildly boozy refreshments for a crowd, these punches rely on lower-alcohol beverages like port, vermouth and wine. None are particularly sweet, and each offers a creative and flavorful way to enjoy the season.


Raphael Rosso Piceno

This generous blend of sangiovese and montepulciano from Italy’s Adriatic Coast offers aromas of dried cherries, violets and spice with sturdy tannins.

Imbue Petal & Thorn Vermouth

Aromas of chamomile and orange peel, with more orange, pine, and cinnamon on the palate. A pleasing sweetness lends weight before ultimately giving way to the Amaro-inspired, bitter finish.

Ramos Pinto White Port

Delicious when chilled, this lovely port has a rich golden color, with aromas of fresh tropical fruits. It is light and smooth with a delicate sweetness.

Vega Medien Cava

A bright, elegant Cava from Catalonia, this wine uses three grapes — macabeo, parellada and xarel-lo. Discover its light citrus notes and distinct Mediterranean accent.


3 to try

Take a look at three punch recipes that are designed to be lower in alcohol and sugar than what you might expect from a holiday punchbowl.

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