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How to Make a Great Fall Punch

October 2015
How to Make a Great Fall Punch
WRITER: 
If you’ve been looking for a festive party drink, we’ve got the ticket: the First President Punch, a bourbon-based cocktail that’s easy to whip up ahead of time, leaving you free to enjoy your company. Created in homage to similar recipes from our forefathers’ era, this colonial-style punch from Brett Finn and The Cocktail Club team nods to the nation’s first president in particular, as Washington was a known distiller, producing whiskey at his Mount Vernon home. Ladle up the first round, sit back, and let your guests do the rest.

❶ In a large punch bowl, combine 12 ounces rye whiskey, four ounces grenadine, four ounces mint green tea, four ounces lemon juice, six dashes Angostura bitters, and two ounces orange oleo-saccharum (a mix of citrus oil and sugar).

❷ Add two cups of ice and give a generous stir to ensure the punch is chilled through.

❸ Just before serving, top with 12 ounces of ginger beer and fresh orange slices.

❹ Grate fresh nutmeg over the punch. Serves four to six people.

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