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Pleasantly Punched!

Planning to host a summer soiree? One great tip I’ve learned in working with bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts is not to take yourself away from your own party by getting stuck behind the bar and mixing individual cocktails for your guests. Instead, plan to serve a punch!

Having a killer punch recipe on hand is a phenomenal way to impress your guests. Plus, the ease of being able to prepare the drink before your guests arrive and, in turn, have them serve themselves, takes some of the extra duties of playing host off of your shoulders.

Below are three new recipes from Pernod Ricard USA that are sure to leave you and your guests pleasantly punched! Enjoy!

Dre Masso’s Royal Jamboree Punch

Dre Masso’s Royal Jamboree Punch:
Dre Masso is a leading mixologist and bar consultant. Working with some of London’s best bars for almost 20 years,

Dre is internationally renowned for his cocktail recipes. His Royal Jamboree Punch is a fruity twist on the traditional recipe, a quintessentially English flavor perfect for the summer months.

  • 300ml Beefeater London Dry Gin
  • 5 tablespoons Strawberry Jam
  • 5 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 100ml Dubonnet
  • 300ml Red Grape Juice
  • Lemonade
  • Lemon wheels, fresh strawberries sliced in half and sliced red grapes

Pour all ingredients except lemonade into a punch bowl or jug and stir well, making sure the jam is mixed thoroughly. To serve, add ice and punch to a highball glass and garnish. Top with lemonade.

Beefeater Garden Party Punch
Celebrating the quintessential English country garden, the Beefeater Garden Party punch combines the best ingredients from the English countryside.

Beefeater Garden Party Punch

  • 3 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
  • 3 parts Sparkling English Wine
  • 2 parts Good Quality Pressed Pear or Apple Juice
  • 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 part Elderflower Cordial
  • ½ part Sugar Syrup
  • Pear and apple slices

Stir all ingredients with a large ice block and serve with ice in a highball glass. For large ice block: filling a clean, empty juice carton three quarters full with water and freezing. When frozen, carefully cut carton away from the ice.

Sarah Sercia’s “Saas & Spice” Punch

  • 2 bottles of Hiram Walker Watermelon Sour Schnapps
  • 2 gallons of fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 gallon fresh lime juice
  • Pink peppercorn
  • Celery bitters

Add Hiram Walker Watermelon Schnapps and juices to punch bowl.  Stir.  Add about 45 dashes of celery bitters and stir again.  Add ground pink peppercorn on top.  Fill ice with glass and serve over ice.  Yields about 75. 


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Gin is in Full Bloom

The Bel Air Cocktail

While I’m one to happily sip on gin year-round, I’m finding that the juniper-based spirit is starting to see its place again on seasonally-influenced cocktail menus around town.

In the spirit of it all, I found these Beefeater-based recipes from the “Ultimate Little Cocktail Book”, written by bartender Ray Foley and decided to do some shaking at the office.

I mixed up the Bel Air cocktail, a hearty gin drink with the seasonally appropriate addition of the apricot brandy. The grenadine – could do with or without it – but I think it is necessary that part of this drink’s mixing instructions would be to serve chilled and drink only in the comforts of an outdoor patio after a day at the office. Don’t you feel more relaxed already just thinking about it?

Up close and personal...

Bel Air Cocktail

Shake. (I then strained and served in a chilled cocktail glass.) 

Another drink I found to look even more intriguing was the Copper Illusion Martini. I had all ingredients on hand but, um, the drink as I had found it has no measurements…

Back to the Internet I went and found a vast range of pour sizes and serving methods for this one cocktail. While the exact measurements are still TBD, it seems the resurgent theme is equal parts of Campari and Hiram Walker Triple Sec with a much heartier serving of Beefeater. So below would be my educated guess with that thought in mind (official taste test still to come).

Copper Illusion Martini

  • 1 1/2 parts Beefeater
  • 1/2 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 1/2 part Campari

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve with an orange twist.

If you have any further insights into this drink’s history or a more accurate serving method, I am all ears! Feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

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