Punch roundups.

New Year's Eve is a big deal here in the Punchbowl. It's that time of the year when our namesake beverage is flowing freely and good spirits abound as we look hopefully ahead to the next year. To prepare you for the merriment, I've rounded up some recipes for the magical elixir from around the web. Enjoy!

Austin, Texas punch recipes on Serious Eats. I can personally attest that #2-- the Fish House Punch from Midnight Cowboy-- is awesome. We went there last night, and not only was the punch amazing, but the whole experience was incredibly satisfying. Housed in an old Thai "massage" parlor (you catch my drift?), Midnight Cowboy is a reservations-only bar that focuses on finely crafted serious drinks. The best part? No attitude. Our bartender patiently answered all of our questions, made spot-on recommendations ("don't be afraid of the mustard syrup"-- and you know what? he was right), and when it came time to fix the drinks at the table, he explained every ingredient (even giving a little history lesson about Benedictine) and told us why he was doing what he was doing. It was educational, for Pete's sake. How often can you say that about a bar? Anyway, we finished up our 2 hour reservation slot with a round of the Fish House punch, and I thought we were going to come to fisticuffs over the last drop. 

Champagne cocktail recipes over at Garden and Gun. Clearly, Southerners know what they're doing when it comes to punch. 

Pomegranate-Champagne Punch and The Long Hello from Bon Appetit. I haven't tried these, but I'm particularly intrigued by The Long Hello. If you try it, let me know how it goes, okay?  

Mrs. Holiday Punch from Mrs. Lilien. The addition of rosemary makes this recipe extra special-- and Mrs. Lilien's enthusiasm is infectious. I suspect one feels faaaabulous after a cup or ten of Mrs. Holiday Punch. Let's put that to the test, shall we?