Monday, April 12, 2010

Hipster Lemonade


We had a party last Saturday (sorry I didn't invite you), and I wanted to make a grown-up punch to serve. I think it's nice to provide an unusual cocktail, and this way, no one was tied to the "bar" - the tub full of PBR, maybe? - all night shaking up a special champagne pomagranate-tini or whatever.

However, when I tried to find the GQ article I'd saved about throwing a perfect dinner party (including several punch recipes), all my roommates and boyfriend made ruthless fun of me. Whatever, eff them, it was some damn good punch.


We started with a bottle of Old Grandad 100 Proof and added two cans of frozen lemonade concentrate, a dash of bitters and some grated ginger. We filled some old growlers (from Montana!) with the concentrated punch - since they're obviously not getting any use up here in Maine.


When it was party time, we filled the growler about 2/3rds full with some lemon seltzer and served over ice with a mint garnish. And it was damn good! Sparkly, sweet, and tangy, without being too boozy (although I was happy to drink the concentrated version, I think serving that to a house full of people would have resulted in sure disaster). Had we been a little bit more prepared, we would have frozen a block of ice with some pretty lemon slices in it.

What are your favorite booze punch recipes? I think it's hard to go wrong with booze, juice concentrate, and something fizzy. I think this would also be good with sparkling wine instead of the seltzer. I can't wait for more chances to make some spring punch - maybe a brunch punch!

8 comments:

  1. Brunch Punch will be excellent. I'd love to help you make, and drink, that!

    You can NEVER go wrong with booze, juice concentrate, and something fizzy . . . which is why we mocked you hardcore for searching for that GQ. And if I may say, the hipster lemonade knocked GQ's boring punch on its ASS.

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  2. Yea, I would have gotten highly shitty on that punch...

    Oh... and I'm in possession of about 10# of malt powder... any use for some?

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  3. Kate that sounds awsome! Here is my favorite party drink, white sangria:

    1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine
    1/2 c. orange Curacao or triple sec
    1/4 c. sugar
    1 orange, thinly sliced
    1 lemon, thinly sliced
    1 lime, thinly sliced
    4 to 5 strawberries, sliced
    10 oz. club soda
    Ice cubes
    Combine wine, curacao and sugar in pitcher; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add sliced fruits. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Just before serving, add soda and ice cubes. Stir gently to mix. Serve in wine glasses.

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  4. Ladies and gentlemen, my sister Liz! That is her inaugural comment above- she has been trying to weigh in ever since I created this thing. :)

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  5. Nothing like "anonymous" family members to keep things interesting. Cheers!

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  6. Welcome Liz!! haha, that punch recipe looks really good and nice touch with the cool growlers! My favorite drink combination is a touch of raspberry liquer into champagne!

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  7. Sounds pretty tasty, as does Liz's recipe. Did you make it to the Phoenix best-of party? I wasn't able to make it but would have liked to meet all the local blog folks. If you and your food blog comrades have another group restaurant visit someday maybe I could tag along.

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