Craving a holiday sipper that’s light on its toes but still has depth? Erick Castro’s punch checks all the boxes. The co-founder of San Diego's Polite Provisions and Raised by Wolves describes it as “a blend of holiday flavors in a convivial and bubbly format.” It’s a great drink to take your holiday toast up a notch with.
Genever is known for its nutty and earthy flavor, as well as its full-bodied and malty quality. If you like scotch or mezcal, then you’ll most likely enjoy genever, but Castro says that’s not the only appeal of this festive holiday punch. “While the recipe calls for genever, which results in a malt-accented beverage rich with baking spice, the beauty of the drink is that it works with virtually any spirit imaginable, he says. “This comes in handy around the holidays, because after you make two or three of these with the family, the recipe still works even once you run out of genever.”
- 1 1/2 cups genever
- 1 cup Champagne
- 1/2 cup Cointreau
- 3/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 8 dashes Old Fashioned bitters
- 1 cup club soda
- Garnish: star anise pods
- Garnish: pineapple slice
- Garnish: grated nutmeg
Serves at least 8.
Add a large block of ice into a punch bowl, or 2 cups of ice cubes.
Pour all ingredients into the bowl and stir gently and briefly to combine.
Garnish with whole star anise pods, pineapple slices and grated nutmeg.