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Strawberry Julep Punch

Posted in Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2015 by cocktailvultures

strawberry mf finalStrawberry Julep Punch

There really isn’t anything better than sharing seasonal delights with your friends and guests — we’ve waited through a long, hard winter for ripe fruits, fresh herbs and the warm weather to enjoy them. For summer deck parties, putting everything in a bowl and allowing participants to serve themselves is the best way to go. With all this in mind, the Cocktail Vultures have a new summer punch for you. You can take care of several steps in the process earlier in the day or the night before.

Amounts for this recipe depend solely upon how big a bowl of punch you want to make. We formulated it using equal amounts of the three major ingredients. If you and your guests are lightweights, you can cut back on the bourbon a tad, but not by more than half.

Prep: Minted Bourbon

To a large glass container (a big Mason jar works great), add a few handfuls of fresh mint. Add bourbon and muddle — don’t go crazy, just press it. If you’re using a Mason jar, you can seal and shake it a bit.

Prep: Strawberry Purée

To a large saucepan, add 2 pints of hulled strawberries, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar. Muddle the strawberries lightly, then let cool and place in a blender. Blenderize until smooth. Chill in an airtight container.

Prep: Tea

Brew a quart or two (depending upon your plans) of strong, black tea, such as Irish Breakfast. Chill.

To a punch bowl, add equal amounts of minted bourbon, strawberry purée and cold tea. Toss in a few scoops of crushed ice to get the chilling started. Stir to combine. Now add a mountain of crushed ice to the center of the bowl and garnish with fresh mint and whole strawberries.

Let frosty, fruity fun prevail!

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

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Old-Time Whiskey Punch

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2014 by cocktailvultures

OTWPOld-Time Whiskey Punch

This is an easy way to get a large party started; the only prep work is the homemade ginger syrup which can be made days in advance. It’s also simple to cut this recipe in half for a more intimate group of happy holiday drinkers. A few floating pineapple slices and a ton of mint would make a nice presentation.

To a large punch bowl, add:

6 cups (or a large block) of ice
2 750 ml bottles of Seagram’s Seven American whiskey
2 cups homemade ginger syrup
64 ounces orange-pineapple juice
2 liters of club soda or plain seltzer

Stir thoroughly and anticipate frolicking!

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

Homemade Ginger Syrup

Take a generous “hand” of unpeeled fresh ginger and chop it thoroughly — alternately, hack it up and throw it in a food processor. Measure the result and add it to a saucepan along with 1.5 times the same amount of water (for example: if you wind up with 1 cup of ginger, use 1.5 cups of water). Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes.

Let cool for a minute or two, then strain and measure the remaining water (I strain mine into a large heat-worthy measuring bowl). Add an equal amount of sugar (1 cup water gets 1 cup sugar) to the warm ginger-water and keep stirring until all the sugar is dissolved. If you’re not going to use it right away, add a jot of white rum or vodka as a preservative and refrigerate. Keeps for about a week.

(Quickie-Cheat: substitute ginger ale
for the club soda in the cocktail above and leave out the ginger syrup.)