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In the Cups Bourbon Punch

A festive, crowd-pleasing, and easy drinker that’s guaranteed to be refilled—probably more than once.

By Erin Ashford
Dec 29, 2023
A punch bowl with orange slices and sprigs of rosemary is accompanied by two filled stem glasses on a textured surface, suggesting a refreshing beverage setup.
45 Minutes
15 Servings
Easy

What’s more festive than a serve-yourself punch bowl for holiday parties? Aptly named, this bourbon-fueled punch from Holiday co-owner Erin Ashford is an easy drinker that will surely lead guests to re-filling their cups several times throughout the evening (“In one’s cups” means to overimbibe just a tad). Notes of bitter citrus, warming spices, oak, vanilla, and bright candied fruit create a warming, convivial drink, perfect for bringing everyone together over a toast.

In the Cups Bourbon Punch

A festive, crowd-pleasing, and easy drinker that’s guaranteed to be refilled—probably more than once.

Erin Ashford

45 Minutes
15 Servings
Easy
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces honey
  • 1 750-ml bottle bourbon (such as Old Grand-Dad Bonded)
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) Campari
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) blood orange juice, from 4–5 blood oranges (or regular orange juice)
  • 1 blood orange (or regular orange), for serving
  • 4-5 sprigs of rosemary or thyme or a mix
  • 1 750-ml bottle sparkling brut rosé
Instructions
    1.

    Make the honey syrup: Heat honey with 3 oz. water in a small Stainless Saucepan. Stir until dissolved, then remove from heat. Let cool, transfer to a resealable container, and chill until ready to use.

    2.

    Make the punch: Combine bourbon, Campari, blood orange juice, and 1 cup chilled honey syrup in a large Serving Bowl.

    3.

    Stir gently twice with a large spoon. Cover punch and chill until ready to serve.

    4.

    Thinly slice blood orange into wheels and set aside. Cut sprigs of herbs into smaller pieces and set aside.

    5.

    When ready to serve, top punch with sparkling rosé. Stir gently once.

    6.

    Gently float blood orange slices in bowl. Lightly shake sprigs of herbs to prevent loose pieces or leaves, then place in bowl to add color and aromatics.

    7.

    Set out an ice bucket with small tongs for guests to self serve ice in their glasses before pouring punch (this will keep punch fresh and prevent overdiluting).

    8.

    Using a Ladle, fill Wine Glasses with 5–6 oz.of punch.

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