Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
10 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 16 (serving size: 4 ounces)

A simple formula makes perfect punch every time.

How to Make It

Step 1

1 Part Sweet: Start by making a simple syrup.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

1 Part Sour: Fresh citrus is the standard.

Step 6

Stir in lemon juice and lime juice.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

Step 9

4 Parts Sparkling Water: The finishing touch before serving.

Step 10

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

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