The Perfect New Year's Eve Champagne Punch
Shaking individual cocktails when you should be getting your party on is such a chore, so join in the fun with this no-brainer punch that will please the pickiest ladies and hardest drinking lads. Inspired by a cocktail called "The Bloodhound," it's a delicious mix of bourbon infused with strawberries, fresh lemon juice, a touch of simple syrup, some angostura for depth, and champagne to top it off. Not too fruity and not too aggressive, it's the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
*10 oz bourbon
*1 cup strawberries, sliced, plus more for garnish
*4 dashes angostura bitters
*2 tablespoons lemon juice
*2 oz simple syrup
*1 bottle (25 oz) sparkling wine, like "La Cueille" by Patrick Bottex, $20
The day before serving the punch, mix the bourbon with the strawberries and leave them in the fridge overnight to infuse. To serve, strain the bourbon into a punch bowl and add some fresh strawberries for garnish. Stir in the lemon juice, simple syrup, and angostura. Give it a quick taste and adjust until balanced (if anything, it's best to leave it a little on the sweet side to counter the champagne), and pour in a bottle of champagne. Add ice cubes and stir. Let guests serve themselves with a ladle. Cheers!
Photography By Claire Thomas.
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