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!


  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.

  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?

  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.

  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. :)

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

  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!

  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.