When you need to make punch for a party party, you can wow everyone by never needing a recipe and making do with whatever ingredients are available. All you need to know is one magical ratio. Yup, ratios are the best way to free yourself from recipes.
Photo by Maya83
Here's the punch ratio, courtesy of Food52's Assistant Editor Kenzi Wilbur:
Ready? Commit this to memory: 2 parts booze : 2 parts wine : 2 parts juice (optional) : 1/2 to 1 part sweet
Just pour (into a large bowl), gently mix, and serve.
Wilbur recommends using simple sugar syrup for the sweetener: dissolve one part sugar in an equal amount of water over medium heat. If you're using any carbonated drinks, like sparkling wine, then make sure you mix the non-carbonated drinks ahead of time and chill them, adding the carbonated part at the last minute.
How to Make Punch Without a Recipe [Food52]