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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. 

Cheers!
SJ

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Punch!

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I know I started writing about Thanksgiving and some holiday cocktails a few weeks ago, but this past Friday, it really hit me. I was walking to a meeting in New York City and heard that ruminating jingle of the Salvation Army holiday donation bells and I totally freaked out. Thanksgiving, and the start of the holiday season madness, is literally one week away. S#(t!

So now I’m mentally gearing up for Thanksgiving in the next two days and what comes to mind but the beautiful cornucopia decorations that seem to traditionally be associated with this holiday. And it’s dawned on me – isn’t a punch recipe a liquid cornucopia of sorts? (I think I may need to trademark that!) A combination of robust ingredients and all-natural flavorings, I’m finding that Hiram Walker’s liqueurs are going to be a welcomed addition to those most basic holiday punch recipes.  And, elevated by Dave Wondrich’s new book, Punch, recently hitting shelves, it seems punch is officially back in style!

Here’s a hearty recipe I’m anxious to try over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday party season, although I’m hesitant it may be a little too heavy after what I assume will be another filling turkey dinner this weekend. I guess we’ll never know until we try!

Hiram Holiday Eggnog Punch

  • 1 part Hiram Walker Amaretto
  • 1/4 part Kahlúa
  • 5 parts Eggnog (I’m open to brand recommendations here, it seems everyone has different taste buds with this stuff…)

Top with whipped cream and grated nutmeg for garnish.

Do your family and friends have any drinking traditions for the Thanksgiving holiday? Please feel free to share your stories!

Cheers!
SJ

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Mixology Monday – Punch

This month, Mixology Monday focused on the theme of punch and was hosted by Mike over at Hobson’s Choice. How could you think that Sam and I would pass over this topic?! It’s punch! Here is what our fellow blogger had to say on the topic:

Punch fell out of style in the United States decades ago as a result of a confluence of factors. The temperance movement was growing. Advances in the distillation and aging of liquors meant they didn’t need heavy manipulation to be enjoyed. And, perhaps most destructive of all, people started acting like they were too busy to enjoy a punch. As Wondrich writes in his most recent book, Imbibe!, “[t]o sit around a tavern ladling libations out of a capacious bowl was as much to confess that you didn’t have anywhere to be for the next few hours, and America was a go-ahead country, as everyone was always saying.”

I think it is time to reclaim the heritage. Sure you can go out to a bar and get a good punch in almost any big city in the US, but we shouldn’t be hesitant to have a few friends over, pull out the punch bowl and ladle away a few hours in the comfort of our own respective homes. But to do that, we are going to need recipes.

Another idea that Mike makes to consider when creating a crowd-pleasing punch is seasonality – most significantly in the use of the freshest berries and citrus. Master Distiller Desmond Payne developed Beefeater 24 using Japanese Sencha and Chinese Green teas as a botanical, which serves as a great compliment to the fruit. It can be utilized as our punch base year-round since, unfortunately, Avon is presently suffering from identity crisis with regards to the weather. One day it is sunny and up in the high-60s, the next it shoots back down to rainy and 40 degrees. It’s driving this Arizona native crazy!

Here are our two submissions for this Punch-themed Mixology Monday, since I just can’t figure out what time of year it really is.

Burroughs Festive Plum Punch

1 part Beefeater 24 Gin
1 part Sloe Gin
1 ½ parts lemon juice
½ part orange juice
¼ part simple syrup
1/8 part marmalade
1 ½ parts Belvoir spiced berry cordial
3 parts chilled Earl Grey tea
2 parts Prosecco

Mix first 8 ingredients in a punch bowl and chill with ice. Add Prosecco and garnish with berries, citrus wheels, plums, and grated nutmeg.

Summer Gin Punch

2 parts Beefeater 24 Gin
½ part Maraschino liqueur
½ part water
¼ part gomme syrup
¼ part lemon juice
½ part orange juice
1 part soda
1 lemon twist
1 orange twist
2 raspberries
2 chunks of diced pineapple

Build all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice, then transfer contents in a punch cup. Top with soda.

Rain or shine, I encourage you to enjoy!
-SJ

Edit: Mike over at Hobson’s Choice did a wonderful wrap-up of the MxMo Punch event. This MxMo brought forth 37 recipes from 28 cocktail bloggers and enthusiasts.

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New York, Part Five:

Bemelmans Bar:

 

My final stop in New York was at a Manhattan landmark—The Carlyle Hotel. My guests and I were greeted at the door by white-gloved men in impeccable uniforms who showed us the way to the bar. Bemelmans Bar is so-named because its walls are decorated with artist Ludwig Bemelmans’ mural “Central Park,” featuring the much-loved Madeline and her classmates. The room centers around a grand piano, which was played by Chris Gillespie on this particular evening, and the staff is attentive and informed.

 

My waiter explained the cocktail menu in great detail before suggesting their famous Carlyle Punch. When I inquired as to the drink’s ingredients, he said it is made different nightly and its exact contents could not be shared, though he did point out it featured several fresh-squeezed fruit juices.

 

There is certainly an emphasis on fresh ingredients and craft bartending at Bemelmans. Don’t expect the bartender to fix you a drink in seconds—they will not be rushed. Instead, sit back and enjoy the show, as the skilled craftsmen work their magic.

 

Not surprisingly, the Carlyle Punch was delicious. It was superbly flavorful and tropical with Rum, fresh-squeezed fruit juices, bitters, triple sec (which always pairs well with fresh juice), grenadine and many more ingredients I couldn’t quite determine. Refreshing, crisp, and a little bit sweet, it was the perfect drink to end a wonderful day in New York. Hopefully it will not be long before I visit once again.

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