Looking for a fun way to celebrate with friends this holiday season? Restaurants and cocktail bars across the U.S. have livened up their menus with punch-bowl offerings, billed as the new bottle service. These tasty communal concoctions — typically served in vintage thrift-store sets with ladles and matching glasses — help prolong festivities well after most parties have winded down.
A front-runner in the punch-bowl scene, the swanky THE EDISON (www.edisondowntown.com) in downtown Los Angeles makes its Happy Herbie punch using lemon juice, simple syrup, jasmine liqueur, apple bitters and plenty of rye whiskey — all served over a rocks glass with ice. Chicago’s THE DRAWING ROOM (www.thedrchicago.com) is home to the Guild Meeting, a mix of Old Heaven Hill Bonded whiskey, Domaine de Canton ginger, vanilla, Drambuie, citrus and a dash of chai tea that’s served tableside in one of the bar’s antique bowls.
San Diego’s CRAFT & COMMERCE (www.craft-commerce.com) boasts a trio of punch-bowl offerings, including the Guerrilla Monsoon Punch, which sports three types of rum.
And at New York’s newly opened NOIR (www.noir-ny.com), a bowl of Blackberry Fields Punch made with fresh mint, light rum, peach liqueur, fresh lime juice, blackberry puree and topped with club soda easily serves up to 20.