Five Game Day Punches


Beer may be the reigning champion of football beverages but, with some guidance from these talented professionals at Area Four, Catalyst, The Smoke Shop, Cafe ArtScience and Commonwealth, you can whip up any of these five tasty punches to amp up the festivities for this weekend’s big game — they’re easy peasy, just pour everything into a big bowl and add ice. And, these make-ahead, large-format cocktails are low enough in alcohol that you and your guests won’t be too sloshed by the time the final score is recorded and the confetti is flying.

Grossman Punch

Provided by Tenzin Samdo of Cafe ArtScience

  • 1 bottle Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1 cup Jagermeister
  • 1 cup honey ginger syrup 1:1 (1/2 cup honey, 1/2 hot water & stick of muddled ginger)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 quarts of jasmine tea

Pimm’s Cup

Provided by Tainah Soares of Area Four

  • 1000 milliliters cucumber water (2 cucumbers, sliced widthwise, plus water)
  • 350 milliliters lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar

Mix the ingredients above in a large pitcher or punch bowl, making it into a cucumber lemonade. Then, add:

  • 500 milliliters Pimm’s No. 1
  • 250 milliliters seltzer water

Mix again, add LOTS of ice, and it’s ready to go!

Post Season Punch

Provided by Jordan McCusker of The Smoke Shop

  • 5 ounces Plantation 3 star rum
  • 2.5 ounces Aperol
  • 5 ounces cinnamon syrup
  • 3.75 ounces lemon juice
  • 10 mint leaves

Shake, strain, and top with sparkling water and crushed ice. Then, garnish with mint and cinnamon sticks.

The G.O.A.T

Provided by Dennis Pinto of Catalyst

  • 3.75 ounces honey simple syrup
  • 7.5 ounces Aperol
  • 15 ounces vodka
  • 7.5 ounces grapefruit juice
  • Two or three bottles of bubbles

Serves ten to twelve people.

Trashy Italian

Provided by Jennie MacPherson of Commonwealth

  • .75 ounces Aperol
  • 3 ounces Prosecco
  • Splash of orange soda

This recipe is for one but can be super sized easily if you’ve got a big group. Simply stir all ingredients together. It’s a little bitter from the Aperol, a little sweet from the prosecco and the orange soda just makes it trashy!

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