Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottles now? This month's box requires a two-bottle combo to complete our fun and festive bundle! While a good punch is a pitch-perfect medley of ingredients working in concert, it’s not too delicate for customization to taste. Any of a variety of fresh, natural flavored vodkas will be ideal for these holiday recipes (think fruit, cucumber, botanical—flavors you’d find at the farmers market!). And to match the effervescence of your soiree, a dry sparkling wine will bring the bubbles. Lean in to flavors you like and have fun, that's what punch is all about!
Each of this month's featured bartenders has recommendations for you! We suggest using a vodka with natural, little-to-no-sugar-added flavors that appeal to you, and enjoying how they contribute to the overall punch. If you prefer, regular un-flavored vodka will work, too!
Nothing gets Laurie Harvey in the holiday spirit like cracking open a bottle of Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka, which she recommends using for her Sweater Weather punch. She says that the aroma and flavors captured in this bottle—infused with real natural ingredients—immediately transport you back to your most cherished seasonal memories. And La Marca Prosecco tackles the often difficult task of being both tasty and affordable!
Robert Sickler suggests Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose, a lovely product distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences. It's a clean, refreshing product that bestows a bountiful essence of grapefruit and rose petals on both the nose and finish. He enjoys utilizing Cocchi Brut in a punch because it's made predominately from Pinot Noir grapes, which offer a rich yet refreshing taste—a perfect balance between floral sweetness and clean dryness, he says.
Jon Paupard and Betsy McLeod recommend Hangar 1 Buddha's Hand Citron Vodka, distilled with this ancient relative of the modern lemon. Its acid bite is milder than a standard lemon, which allows the notes of jasmine, basil, and apricot to be at the forefront, creating a complex, floral beauty fit for consuming with immense joy! They recommend any sparkling wine that says "Brut Nature," "Extra Brut," or "Brut" on the bottle—or a Cava or Prosecco!
Recommended amount: To make all 3 punch bowls, you'll need 20 oz of “farmers market” flavored vodka and 18 oz of dry sparkling wine; a medium (750 ml) bottle of each will be your best bet. Or feel free to get a few smaller bottles and try a range!
Recommended barware: Large-format ice cube molds, a jigger and measuring cups that measure 2 oz, 6 oz, and 8 oz, a citrus reamer or juicer, a mandolin (or cutting board and sharp knife), a muddler, a large spoon to stir with, and a ladle if using a bowl. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: Either a punch bowl or pitcher for serving, along with punch glasses.
Recommended ice: To make all 3 punch bowls in one go, you'll need about 3 pounds of ice (3 ice trays’ worth). Don't forget to freeze your seasonal ice cubes ahead of time!
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