A simple formula makes perfect punch every time.
1 Part Sweet: Start by making a simple syrup.
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.