A punch bowl is the perfect way to say “gather ’round”, especially when it’s filled with a crafted cocktail. Jennifer Collins is the New York market manager for Mezcal El Silencio. She has served many drinks from her heavyweight punch bowl collection, many of which she takes on the job. Collins is a champion of large format mezcal drinks and credits David Wondrich’s Punch for bringing this tradition to the mainstream. “A punch bowl allows you to display a beverage in an attractive and unique manner. She says that it’s a conversation starter, and each bowl has its own story. Punch is all about sharing the rich history of the bowl. It’s that kind of thing that makes it so special.
Although the average home bartender will not be carrying punch bowls around like Collins, it is important to ensure that they are durable for guests. The mezcal punch expert recommends a bowl made from sturdy materials such as copper, other metals, or heavy-duty glass. You’ll need a durable ladle to ensure a good serving experience. She advises that no one wants to throw out a perfectly good drink because it has a broken ladle. “What a sad day it would be!”
Here are some of our favorite punch bowls for the bartender.
Best Overall: David Wondrich 1 Gallon Punch Selection
The author of Punch Bowls is the best person to design one. Cocktail Kingdom’s David Wondrich collection includes this charming old-fashioned punch bowl. Wondrich’s monogram is engraved on the bowl along with a Latin phrase roughly translating as “Let’s eat, drink, and be merry.”
The set includes eight Georgian-stemmed punch glasses as well as the Captain Morris ladle (also by Wondrich). Both the white stoneware punch bowl and the punch glasses are dishwasher-safe. However, you will need to wash the ladle by yourself due to its silver plating and wood-capped handle.
Alchemade Hammered Heavy Gauge 5 Liter Copper Punch Bowl
This is as strong as they come. Alchemade’s hammered punchbow is made from 100% Pure Copper. It is ideal for making Moscow Mules or any other punch recipe. The bowl holds 5 liters of liquid and is lacquered. Please note that metal punch bowls are best used for cold drinks. Wash this bowl by hand and dry it with a soft cloth.
Viski 2.5 Gallon Raye Footed Punch Bowl – Best Price
This Viski footed punchbowl is a simple, elegant punch bowl that delivers on quality. The Viski Raye punch bowl is made of crystal-clear glass. It is simple in design but beautiful nonetheless. You can still find vintage teacups and classic bodega glasses that aren’t too expensive.
Barski European Handmade Centerpiece Footed Clear Crystal Punch Bowl is the Best Splurge
The ultimate centerpiece is Barski’s crystal statement bowl. This 8-liter punch bowl can be used as a fruit bowl or as a drink vessel. It stands proudly on its own pedestal to maximize visual impact. Hand-wash this 14-pound crystal to preserve it (and your dishwasher).
Best Set: Godinger Monterey Crystal 10-Piece Punch Set
Matching cups are the best way to bring out the communal nature of a punch bowl. Godinger’s 10-piece, iridescent, mouth-blown crystal punch set includes a 5.5-liter glass bowl, eight matching cups, and a pearlescent ladle. This is the perfect choice for tea-inspired cocktails or as a thoughtful gift. Each piece should be washed and dried by hand.
Best small: Pyrex Prepware 1.5 Quart Mixing Bowl
A mini punch bowl could be considered a glass. But we digress. Sometimes all you need is a small batch of drinks for intimate gatherings. This Pyrex bowl does the job better than any other. This bowl is extremely durable and can be used to make small batches of drinks for up to eight people.
A Pyrex bowl is a great choice for small-sized cocktails. It won’t cost a lot and can be used for many other purposes in the home, including in the kitchen. The bowl is dishwasher-safe, heat-resistant 1 and comes with a 2-year warranty.
Best Large: Elegance Hammered 3 Gallons Stainless Steel Double-Walled Champagne & Punch Bowl
Serve punch outside or chilled drinks on a hot summer’s day. The double-walled vessel will be your best friend thanks to its large capacity and ability keep drinks cool for an impressively long period of time. This bowl is ideal for large events that are held for long periods of time.
Crock-Pot 6 Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Slow Cooker is best for hot cocktails
Although Crock-Pot cocktails may not be the first thing that comes to mind when hosting, we promise you that piping hot punch will change your life. It is not difficult to master the art of making large-format hot cocktails. A good place to start is to make a hot drink you enjoy, except the Blue Blazer, and then scale it up according to the size of your slow cooker.
Six quarts of this mix will make you between 25- 40 cocktails depending on how much alcohol is used. You can also check out our hot punch recipe to get started. You can be sure that your Crock-Pot is a smart investment. It will prove to be just as useful behind the bar as it is in the kitchen.