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Lights Out Punch

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With tea-infused vermouth and tequila, this fizzy concoction by bartending vet Joaquín Simó is a cocktail-party champion.


  • Apple slices (optional)
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp MarketSpice cinnamon-orange black tea (or other spiced black tea)
  • 12 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 1 bottle 750 mL Centinela reposado tequila (or other reposado tequila), chilled
  • 12 oz Fresh apple juice or cider, chilled
  • 8 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 4 oz Demerara syrup (2 parts Demerara sugar, 1 part water), chilled
  • 16 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 16 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashioned bitters or The Bitter Truth Old Time aromatic bitters
  • 24 oz Club soda, chilled
  • Garnish: Apple slices
  • Garnish: Cinnamon
  • Garnish: Nutmeg


  1. At least 24 hours prior to kickoff, fill a plastic container (1-pint or 1-quart, depending on the size of your punch bowl) with water and add apple slices and cinnamon sticks if desired.

  2. Freeze until solid.

  3. Combine the tea and vermouth in a jar or other container and let stand for 90 minutes.

  4. Strain, and refrigerate. On game day, combine the tea-infused vermouth and the remaining ingredients in a punch bowl, adding the soda last.

  5. Carefully add the prepared ice block and garnish lavishly with apple slices and freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg.