Two Holiday Party Punch Offerings:

 Are you having friends and family over for a jaunty holiday soiree this year?  Why not make a punch?  Punch cocktails date back to the mid 1600’s. Most saloons kept a punch bowl on the bar as far back as the 1700’s. 

As most of you know DBG and The Hubs consider themselves to be on the higher end of lowbrow, but that doesn’t mean all Cherry readers slum it like they do. So pick your poison and whip up a batch before the clock strokes midnight on December 31st

The Highbrow—Algonquin Bar Punch

(This classic punch was once served in the bar at the Hotel Algonquin in New York City. DBG heard something about a famous round table there. Today it can be found at the Clover Club in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn)

 

Ingredients

Peel from 4 lemons (removed in strips with vegetable peeler)

1/3 cup superfine sugar

2 cups fresh raspberries, divided

3 cups Plymouth Sloe Gin

2 cups fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups dark rum

1 ice block (See instructions below)

2 cups chilled brut Champagne

Lemon slices

 Preparation

Place lemon peel strips in large bowl. Add sugar and mash with muddler or wooden spoon to infuse sugar with lemon. Add 1 1/4 cups raspberries and mash to blend. Pour in sloe gin, lemon juice, and rum. Stir to blend. Refrigerate punch 20 minutes. Place ice block in punch bowl. Strain punch over ice block into bowl. Add Champagne; stir to blend. Garnish punch with lemon slices and remaining 3/4 cup raspberries.

The Lowbrow—Hop, Skip and Go Naked Punch

(As served at DBG’s Grandmother’s fifth wedding.  It is like a Shandy only dirtier!)

 

Ingredients:

1 fifth vodka

1 six-pack beer

2 liters 7-Up or ginger ale

1 large can frozen pink lemonade

Orange slices

Lime slices

Ice block (See instructions below)

Mix well, pour over ice block, and serve garnished with oranges and limes.

 

An ice block is essential in order to give your punch longevity.  If ice cubes are placed in your punch, they will melt too quickly—and no one likes a weak drink! DBG likes to take a decorative bundt cake pan, fill it with water and fruit slices, and freeze overnight.  When you are ready to free your ice from the pan, just run a small amount of hot water over it, and it will come right out. But make sure the pan you are going to use for your ice block will fit into your punch bowl! Now you have a slow-melting decorative ring that bobbles around in your bowl. 

 

Don’t have a punch bowl?  Put your low brow offering in a bucket.  Or borrow the good ole punch bowl from grandma. Dollar Tree also has disposable punch bowls as well. 

 

Cheers to the season,

DBG

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