2 Boozy Punch Recipes For Rad Holiday Hosts!

We take a lot of pride in our grown-up imbibing, especially when we're offering boozy concoctions to our holiday guests. Heaven forbid we sip anything with "trashcan" in the title or something that comes in an aluminum can. No thanks. If you're ready to elevate your holiday hosting this year, the bartenders at Lincoln Park's newest craft cocktail hotspot The Barrelhouse Flat can help. They've mixed up two perfect holiday punch recipes that any humble host can serve with confidence. Mix, chill, and then spend your night having a blast and hosting the hottest (yummiest!) party of the year. Cheers!
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
5 cloves
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
Traditional Holiday Punch
75 oz Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
25 oz Pimm's
13 oz Cocchi Sweet Vermouth
16 oz holiday spice syrup (recipe below)
4 oz oleo saccharum (recipe below)
14 oz lemon juice
Combine all. Add a large block of ice, top each glass with freshly grated cinnamon
Holiday spice syrup: Combine 1 quart sugar, 1 quart water, 4 cinnamon sticks, 10 Allspice berries, 4 cloves, and 1/4 vanilla bean, split and scraped. Heat to just below a simmer. Remove from heat, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Strain through cheesecloth before using.
Oleo saccharum: Take the peel from 10 lemons, being careful to include none of the pith, and muddle into 2 quarts of sugar until oils are fully expressed. Add 1 quart of hot water and the juice of 2 lemons. Combine thoroughly and strain through cheesecloth. Will keep for up to a month.
Modern coupe drinking glasses, $18 for a set of two, available at Cocktail Town. Punch Bowl and Ladle set, $19.29, available at Target.
The Barrelhouse Flat will be accepting toys for Toys for Tots this holiday season. Bring in an unwrapped toy for a child from 0-13 years old, and receive a cup of holiday punch in exchange!
Photo:Courtesy of The Barrelhouse Flat

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