Royal Pomme Punch

Nothing says party like punch.

Royal Pomme Punch

Retro punch is the best way to throw a classy party without having to play bartender. Be aware - punch disappears faster than you would expect and is very strong. I love this punch, and all old-school punches, because they use interesting blends of ingredients and usually contain bubbly, so you know it's a party! This one is great for the winter (and Winter Solstice parties) because the blood orange keeps things bright and festive, while still being dark and cozy. I usually double the below recipe for parties, but one batch will serve about 15-20 people.

  • 12 ounces (350 mL) apple brandy or apple jack, such as Laird's Apple Jack
  • 500mL (about 3/4 bottle) Dubonnet rouge
  • 1/4 cup fresh blood orange juice
  • 3 blood oranges, sliced into rounds
  • 1 bottle of champagne or other sparkling wine
  • 20 dashes of Angostura bitters

After mixing, throw in a giant ice cube for extra classiness. A giant ice cube can be made by freezing water in a square tupperware container overnight. You might want to store a back up of all the ingredients except champagne and bitters to allow for easier refill (your guests will love to watch you dash in the bitters).

Enjoy and be careful - again, it's strong and tasty!