We're giving punch it's due this Holiday season. No cloyingly sweet, concoctions, these punches are elegant, refined, and subtle in flavor. They are also a perfect way to play host without making cocktails all night long.
This lively gin-based punch, developed by Fernando Sousa of the cocktail consultant team All in Good Spirits, captures complex seasonal flavors with layers of citrus, mint, and anise thanks to an absinthe rinse sprayed in each glass before serving (a mini spray bottle works well for this purpose). For an added festive touch, garnish with star anise.
With an ingredient list that includes some unlikely combinations, the Grand Royal is a dangerously drinkable concoction that is both luxurious and refreshing. The heady floral notes of gin are cut by the tartness of the citrus and rounded out by the sugar. Not overly sweet, the cherry liqueur adds a fruity note at the end while the cream lends richness, giving the drink a velvety-smooth mouth feel. The whole thing is then topped off with the all-important "fizz," which wakes up the drink and gives it legs to stand on.