Spooktacular Punch

by James Stevenson

This year I have had such an amazing time traveling the globe and hosting the occasional party wherever I find myself. One thing that has been consistent throughout everything is the inclusion of punches. I love making a delicious punch and setting it out for each of my guests to either serve themselves, allowing me time to socialize and make other cocktails.

For this spooky Halloween themed punch, we partnered with Schöfferhofer to use their tasty Grapefruit Hefeweizen, which combines 50% German Hefeweizen beer with 50% grapefruit juice. It was an easy decision to choose this beer as its bright orange color was a perfect fit for the theme. With the fresh carbonated grapefruit juice already in the beer, I wanted to make something that would balance it out and keep with the theme of the evening. I had made a spiced simple syrup just a few days earlier for a delicious seasonal Old Fashioned and decided it would be a perfect fit for this cocktail also.

With all the flavor coming from the beer and spiced simple syrup, I didn’t want to add too much more to the concoction; so I used a nice Old Tom gin as the primary spirit. This allowed for a rounder punch in the end, and with the final addition of lemon juice to give it some kick my punch was ready for everyone to enjoy! Of course, it wouldn’t be a festive Halloween punch without the spooky mist all around, so we used some dry ice for the extra special effect.

Recipe:

Method:

  1. Combine all liquid ingredients in a punch bowl
  2. Fill bowl with ice
  3. Garnish with fresh citrus
  4. Enjoy!

Spiced Simple Syrup:

Recipe:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 whole nutmeg seeds
  • 10-15 clove pods
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small pot
  2. Bring to the boil stirring occasionally
  3. Remove from the heat
  4. Allow to sit; tasting intermittently to ensure proper flavor infusion
  5. Remove ingredients once sufficiently emulsified
  6. Rest and use when necessary

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