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Bloody Good Punch Recipe

Bourbon adds a smoky backdrop to this champagne-based cocktail.

Ingredients

Cocktail:
4 cups bourbon
1 1⁄2 cups Blood Orange Sour Mix
1 cup amaretto or other almond-flavoured liqueur
2 bottles champagne, chilled
Ice mold

Blood Orange Sour Mix:
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp finely grated blood orange zest
2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
2 tbsp finely grated lime zest
1 cup water
2 cup fresh blood orange juice
1 cup plus 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (from about 6 lemons), strained
1 cup fresh lime juice (from about 10 limes), strained

Directions

For The Cocktail:
Step 1:
Stir bourbon, sour mix and amaretto together in a punch or other serving bowl.

Step 2: When ready to serve, stir in champagne and slide in ice mold. Serve.

For The Blood Orange Sour Mix:
Step 1:
Pulse sugar and zests in a food processor until sugar is damp and no zest strands remain. (Alternatively, rub zest into sugar with fingertips).

Step 2: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.

Step 3: Let syrup cool to room temperature and then stir in lemon, lime and blood orange juices.

Step 4: Refrigerate for up to one month in an airtight container.

For The Ice Mold:
Step 1: Fill a bundt pan or medium metal bowl with water and freeze until set.

Step 2: To unmold, run the container under warm water, just until the ice begins to loosen. Turn the mold over onto a surface covered with a clean kitchen towel to grip the container and lift it off molded ice

Step 3: Place molded ice in punch bowl or other serving vessel.

See more recipes from Winter Cocktails.

Excerpted from Winter Cocktails by María del Mar Sacasa (2013 Random House of Canada).