A simple formula makes perfect punch every time.

Jordan Mackay
Recipe by Cooking Light April 2015

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Credit: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
10 mins
total:
40 mins
Yield:
Serves 16 (serving size: 4 ounces)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 1 Part Sweet: Start by making a simple syrup.

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  • Muddle peels from 1 lemon and 1 lime with sugar in a large bowl. Add 10 ounces still water; stir until sugar dissolves.

  • 2 Parts Spirit: Choose what melds best with the flavor profile you're building.

  • Floral gin works best here--stir in 16 ounces.

  • 1 Part Sour: Fresh citrus is the standard.

  • Stir in lemon juice and lime juice.

  • Flavor Boosters: Add liqueurs and fresh botanicals for delicate depth.

  • Stir in absinthe and Angostura bitters. Add cucumber slices and mint leaves. Chill at least 30 minutes.

  • 4 Parts Sparkling Water: The finishing touch before serving.

  • Pour punch into a punch bowl over an ice block; discard citrus peels. Stir in sparkling water. Garnish, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

88 calories; fat 0g; sodium 3mg.
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