Open House Punch Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:8%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Open House Punch is a convivial concoction perfect for gatherings and celebrations. Its origins are rooted in the Southern United States, where punches are a staple at social events.

  • Social Gatherings: Ideal for house parties and open houses, where guests can serve themselves from a communal bowl.
  • Versatility: Adaptable to various occasions, from casual get-togethers to formal events.
  • Popularity: Favored for its ease of preparation and ability to serve a large number of guests efficiently.

How Open House Punch Tastes?

The Open House Punch is a delightful blend of sweet and citrus flavors with a smooth, fruity undertone. It's refreshing, slightly tangy, and not overly strong, making it a crowd-pleaser.

Interesting facts about Open House Punch

  • Southern Comfort: The use of Southern Comfort gives this punch its signature smoothness and hints of fruit and spice.
  • Party Favorite: Its large volume makes it perfect for serving at big events without the need for constant mixing.
  • Customizable: The recipe is easily tweaked to suit personal tastes or to use available ingredients.


  • Southern comfort: 25 oz(750ml)
  • Lemon lime soda: 33.8 oz(1014ml)
  • Lemon juice: 6 oz(180ml)
  • Frozen orange juice concentrate: 6 oz(180ml)
  • Frozen lemonade concentrate: 6 oz(180ml)
  • Oranges (sliced): 4

Southern Comfort

Used for its sweet, fruity, and slightly spicy flavor, which serves as the backbone of the punch. Changing the amount could overpower other flavors or render the punch too weak.

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Lemon-Lime Soda

Adds a refreshing effervescence and zesty taste. Skipping it could result in a punch that's less invigorating and heavy on the palate.

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Lemon Juice

Brings acidity to balance the sweetness. Too much could make the punch overly sour; too little could make it cloyingly sweet.

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Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate

Contributes a sweet, intense orange flavor. Using fresh juice can make the flavor more subtle while altering the punch's sweetness.

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Frozen Lemonade Concentrate

Delivers a tart lemonade base; without it, the punch would lose a layer of depth and might taste less complex.

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Oranges (sliced)

Provide a visual appeal and slight fruitiness; omitting them won't dramatically change the taste but will reduce the festive appearance.

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Recipe. How to make Open House Punch Drink

  1. In a large punch bowl, combine Southern Comfort, lemon juice, thawed orange juice concentrate, and lemonade concentrate.
  2. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Just before serving, gently stir in the lemon-lime soda.
  4. Add ice to keep chilled.
  5. Garnish with sliced oranges.

Pro Tips

  • Chill Ingredients: For the best results, ensure all ingredients are chilled before mixing.
  • Garnish: Add the orange slices as garnish just before serving to keep them fresh and vibrant.
  • Serving: Use a ladle for serving to ensure fruit slices get into each cup.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Savory Snacks: The sweet and citrusy notes of Open House Punch complement the saltiness of snacks like nuts, crackers, or pretzels.
  • BBQ: The acidic and sweet flavors can cut through the richness of barbecued meats, making it a refreshing companion.
  • Fruit Salads: The fruit components in the punch pair naturally with a fresh fruit salad, amplifying the bright and fresh flavors.

Drink Pairings

  • Iced Tea: For a non-alcoholic option, iced tea works well with the punch's citrus notes.
  • Chilled White Wine: A crisp white wine alongside this punch can provide a nice contrast in flavors and textures for the palate.

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What you could change in Open House Punch

  • Southern Comfort: Can be substituted with another peach-flavored liqueur or brandy if desired.
  • Lemon-Lime Soda: Ginger ale can be used for a slightly spicier kick.
  • Frozen Concentrates: Freshly squeezed juice can be used, though the punch may be less sweet.

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Bourbon Berry Punch

  • Swap Southern Comfort for bourbon for a bolder kick.
  • Add in mixed berry puree for a fruity twist.
  • Serve with frozen berries instead of ice to keep the punch cool without diluting the flavors.

This variant offers a deeper, more robust flavor profile suitable for those who appreciate a stronger whiskey taste and the tart sweetness of berries.

Tropical Fizz Punch

  • Replace lemon-lime soda with coconut water for a tropical note.
  • Mix in a dash of grenadine for color and sweetness.
  • Garnish with pineapple and maraschino cherries.

This version provides a sweeter, more tropical experience, great for themed parties or summer gatherings.

Spiced Autumn Punch

  • Add a cinnamon stick and some cloves for a warming spice.
  • Use sparkling apple cider in place of lemon-lime soda.
  • Garnish with apple slices and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

A wonderful choice for fall events, the added spices and apple cider bring an autumnal warmth and coziness to the drink.

In case you forgot basics how to make Open House Punch

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Open House Punch

How can I scale the Open House Punch recipe for more guests?

To scale the recipe, simply multiply the ingredient quantities by the same factor you want to increase the servings by. Ensure your punch bowl is big enough to accommodate the larger amount.

Can I prepare Open House Punch in advance?

Yes, you can mix all ingredients except for the lemon-lime soda and garnishes in advance. Add the soda and garnishes just before serving to maintain the fizz and freshness.

Is it possible to make a non-alcoholic version of Open House Punch?

Absolutely! Replace the Southern Comfort with a peach juice or non-alcoholic peach syrup to enjoy a virgin version of the punch.

How should I store leftover punch?

Leftover punch should be refrigerated and is best consumed within 1-2 days. Note that the quality may decrease as the carbonation from the soda dissipates.

Can Open House Punch be served in individual glasses instead of a punch bowl?

Certainly! If desired, you can prepare individual servings in glasses, following the same proportions. Adjust the quantity according to the size of the glasses.

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