How to make a zesty lemon party punch (for adults only)

For New Year’s Eve, this party punch is sure to have you counting down to midnight in style! It’s also deliciously festive for other events — watching star-studded award shows, a big birthday bash, or the series finale of your favorite TV show. This easy, make-ahead cocktail is the perfect hands-off way to serve drinks for a crowd at your next holiday or celebration.

Party punch might seem like something you’d find at prom night, but rest assured, this delightfully boozy cocktail is for adults only! A little bubbly paired with a hint of sweetness, refreshing lemon, rum and brandy — this drink is sure to… well, pack a punch!


Zesty lemon party punch


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 oz black rum
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 bottle Brut champagne


  1. Mix together lemon juice and water, pour in sugar and stir to dissolve.
  2. Add rum and brandy, and chill for 30 mins or until ready to serve.
  3. Right before serving, stir in champagne. Add ice and serve. Cheers!