It all started with a G-chat…
Ali: Do you make punch ever?
Me: My punch knowledge is pretty limited. It’s either from middle school (sherbet and ginger ale with random floating fruit) or college (a.k.a. Jungle Juice – Kool Aide, grain alcohol, batches made in trash bags)…neither of which are particularly appealing.
Ali: Hahahahhaha. I have bad memories of Jungle Juice.
Me: I have no (clear) memories of Jungle Juice.
Ali: Good point. Can we bring anything for Saturday??
And so, our limited experience with party punch progressed from the unremarkable and nauseating, to the tasty and tasteful! Ali’s Bourbon & Blood Orange Punch was a knockout (har har) and guests were clamoring for a taste of the gorgeous hued elixir.
Fragrant blood oranges, lemon, and a touch of honey bring a floral, citrusy, sweetness to the mix without making it too syrupy sweet. And the warmth from the ginger adds just the right amount of spice and depth. Together, there couldn’t be a better match to complement the Maker’s Mark.
What a great way to set the mood for a party. And have I mentioned how happy I am to have graduated from the Awkward Tween Punches and Blackout Punches of the past? This lip-smackingly good Bourbon & Blood Orange Punch should be called Grown & Sexy Punch. Or Party Punch That Won’t Make You Puke.
Recipe by Ali LaRaia, adapted from Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Dec 1996/Jan 1997
Recipe Source: LickMySpoon.com.
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