You don’t need eye of newt or wing of bat to brew a batch of toil and trouble this Halloween. All you need is some dry ice. This magic ingredient turns an ordinary punch bowl into a bubbling, smoldering cauldron that’s perfect for parties.
Nolet’s is one of my favorite gins. The lovely floral notes go perfectly with summer fruit, so I took them up on their offer to send me a bottle so I could create my own summer punch. As inspiration, they gave me this peachy recipe. Sounds like it would be great for a big barbecue.
I’m thinking my recipe will use plums from my backyard, but in the mean time here’s another stonefruit-and-gin combo to try!
Peach Lemonade Punch
750 ml Gin
2.25 L Lemonade
375 ml Elderflower liqueur
2 bags frozen peaches or 3-4 peaches (pitted nad sliced)
Mix all ingredients in a pitcher or jar and stir. Serve over ice and garnish with a peach slice.
Punch is a perfect way to serve a group in style. Here are a few sparkling punches to try out this New Year’s Eve!
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch ~ This bubbly, sweet-tart cocktail combines sparkling wine, dessert wine and deep-red pomegranate juice.
Horse and Carriage Punch ~ Gin, elderflower and champagne are an obvious (to me) combination, but what really made this punch stand out was the chamomile tea.
Absinthe Remedy Punch ~ Absinthe, strawberries and cucumber make for a sophisticated and festive sparkling punch.
Chatham Artillery Punch ~ This is a strong punch for a booze-loving crowd — it contains gin, rum, brandy and red wine, just to name a few of its many ingredients.
Champagne Punch ~ Lemon, lime, and grapefruit give this festive punch a little tart kick to balance the sweeter ingredients.
What punch should you make for your holiday party? Here is my official endorsement: Horse & Carriage! I made this last week and it was a hit. Gin, elderflower and champagne are an obvious (to me) combination, but what really made this punch stand out was the chamomile tea. It added complexity and sophistication to what otherwise could have been a bit of a one-note concoction. I wish I had made a double batch! (It went fast.)
I modified the recipe a bit from Saveur’s to include more sparkling wine. I think this is a big improvement on the flavor, with the added benefit of making a larger amount of punch. It didn’t taste very balanced the original way, in my humble opinion.
Horse & Carriage (modified)
4 tablespoons citrus sugar (recipe below)
6 ounces fresh lemon juice
6 ounces gin
3 ounces St. Germain elderflower liqueur
3 ounces triple sec
10 ounces cold chamomile tea
8 oz. sparkling wine
Lemon and orange wheels, pomegranate seeds for garnish and ice block (instructions below) Continue reading
Holiday entertaining means getting out the old punch bowl and filling it up with some cheer! While I still stand by last year’s holiday punch picks, there are so many more delicious and creative ways to get your drink on during the holiday season that I rounded up a few more holiday punches this year, too. Enjoy!
Spiced Persimmon Punch ~ If you’re looking to do something unexpected yet totally appropriate for your holiday punch, this is it. Pear and cranberry usually grab all the fruity attention around the holidays, but persimmons pair just as well with spices … and some brandy and wine. Bonus: Persimmons are pretty!
Sparkling Rum and Pomegranate Punch ~ Tart pomegranate and lime juice balances well with aged Jamaican rum and a splash of orange bitters for a pleasing punch. Keep it cold with a gorgeous pomegranate-and-lime ice block. Festive!
La Patria Punch ~ Cognac, fruit, and sparkling wine. There is no way you can go wrong with that combination. This simple recipe dates back to 1862, so you can feel like you’re a part of history as you dip into the punch bowl one more time.
Hot Gingerbread Punch~ Dark beer + dark rum + lots of spices give = gingerbread flavor. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon to turn this hot punch into a drinkable Christmas gift.
Italian Sparkling Citrus Punch ~ With all the holiday buffets and Christmas cookies, this light and refreshing lemon and prosecco punch could be just the thing. Top it off with a few lemon twists as a garnish and it’s time to party.