Celebrating Warmer Weather with a Proper Punch: 7 Pretty Recipes

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While it's steadily getting warmer in Seattle, it does take awhile yet for it to feel warm enough in the evenings to truly congregate outdoors and comfortably hang out well into the evening. But there's nothing stopping indoor parties with the back door wide open — and a full and festive punch bowl at the center of the table. Here are seven punch recipes that make an evening gathering more festive (and easy)...

Punch is the perfect party drink because it serves many people and it frees up your hands to actually enjoy the gathering rather than pouring wine or mixing cocktails individually for each guest. Plus, I find that people love a good house punch: it shows that you thought through a seasonal, festive drink that everyone might enjoy. 

And while it's relatively little effort on the host's part, it often makes the party infinitely more memorable. We went to a party once where they served a Lavender Elderflower Punch and I remember it to this day, and still bring it up when I run into my friend around town. 

Do you have a favorite punch recipe? 

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Related: Hibiscus Ginger Punch Recipe

(Images: Martha Stewart)

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Megan is a freelance writer, recipe developer and cookbook writer. Her first book, Whole-Grain Mornings, (Ten Speed Press) is available in bookstores nationwide. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.