Just made this punch last night for a holiday gathering...everyone loved it! We had to make two changes, though: we couldn't find blood orange liqueur anywhere, so we substituted pomegranate liqueur; also, it was REALLY potent, so we added a couple cups of lemon/lime soda. It was still pretty strong, but delicious! We will definitely make it again.
Citrusy Gin and Blood Orange Punch
If the word "punch" makes you think of old-fashioned, too-sweet concoctions, this drink will be a revelation. Don't skip the oleo saccharum stage: The mix of oils and other citrus flavors that come from the muddling gives amazing body to the final drink.
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Total: 4 Hours, 45 Minutes
- Calories: 156
- Fat: 0.0g
- Protein: 0.1g
- Carbohydrate: 13.2g
- Fiber: 0.1g
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- Iron: 0.0mg
- Sodium: 0.0mg
- Calcium: 1mg
- 6 large lemons, divided
- 2 cups cold water
- 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
- 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups citrusy gin (such as Bluecoat)
- 3/4 cup blood orange liqueur (such as Pür Likör Spice)
- 1 (750-milliliter) bottle prosecco or other sparkling white wine, chilled
- Rosemary sprigs (optional)
- 1. Carefully remove rind from lemons using a vegetable peeler, making sure to avoid white pith. Thinly slice rind from one lemon, and place in a Bundt pan. Add 2 cups water, ginger, apricots, and cranberries, and freeze for 4 1/2 hours or until firm.
- 2. Place rinds from remaining 5 lemons and sugar in a medium bowl. Muddle rinds and sugar together using a muddler or wooden spoon, working sugar into rinds to release their oils. Cover and let sugar mixture stand at room temperature 1 1/2 hours.
- 3. Add juice to rind mixture; stir until sugar dissolves. Strain rind mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard rinds. Stir in gin and blood orange liqueur; cover and chill at least 3 hours.
- 4. Unmold ice ring by dipping bottom half of Bundt pan into several inches of warm water for 5 to 10 seconds to loosen; repeat as necessary to release. Invert ice ring into a large bowl or punch bowl. Pour gin mixture over ice ring. Gradually add prosecco. Garnish with rosemary, if desired.
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