The Barrelhouse Flat, 2624 North Lincoln Avenue (between Sheffield & Wrightwood Avenues); 773-857-0421.
Hot Holiday Punch (served hot)
1 bottle Rittenhouse Rye
1 bottle Carpano Antica
1 gallon Apple Cider
3 cinnamon sticks
10 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Step 1: Pour 2 oz Rittenhouse, 1 oz Carpano Antica, and 2 dashes Angostura over ice. (This is a joke!). Carpano Antica is the finest vermouth you can buy, so the joke is to make yourself a martin with it before the punch to help use it up before the bottle goes bad – there is more than enough to use in a bottle.
Step 2: Drink
For the actual punch:
Step 3: While drinking step 1, heat 1 gallon Apple Cider, with Cinnamon Sticks, and Cloves almost to a boil.
Step 4: Remove from heat and add the rest of the bottle of Rittenhouse, Carpano Antica, and 8 dashes of Angostura Bitters.
Step 5: By now step 1 is finished, just in time to start drinking the finished punch.
Virginia 9oz Punch Cup, $9.95, available at Crate&Barrel.
Photo:Courtesy of The Barrelhouse Flat
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