Another party, another punch. I knew I wanted something with bourbon, to stick with the theme, and probably some sweet tea to make it southern. I did a lot of Googling to find some ideas, and went with this citrusy, boozy adaptation. With iced tea and lemonade, it’s perfect for sipping on your porch or patio on hot, lazy summer nights.
This punch doesn’t mess around. Whereas my previous party punches have included a liquor and a wine, this one includes TWO liquors, meaning there’s 2 shots worth in each 6-8 oz serving. It’s more of a cocktail than a mixed drink. So, you know, keep that in mind when imbibing. Or, feel free to up the lemonade and iced tea, or decrease the rum.
Bourbon Punch for a Party
(makes 25-30 servings; adapted from Garden & Gun)
1 L bourbon
1 L dark rum, such as Gosling’s
1 c triple sec
4 c (1 qt) lemonade, preferably fresh squeezed
4 c (1 qt) unsweetened iced black tea
juice of 6 oranges and 6 lemons
1/2-3/4 c sugar, depending on how sweet you want it
1. Squeeze oranges and lemons into a punch bowl or vary large pitcher, along with sugar; muddle to begin dissolving.
2. Combine all liquors in bowl or pitcher. Note: It is best to start with chilled ingredients.
3. Add in lemonade and iced tea, followed by giving the punch a good stir to finish dissolving sugar. Taste and add more sugar if desired.
4. To keep from watering down, use frozen citrus slices as ice cubes. Alternatively, start with a big pile of ice in your bowl/pitcher, which will help the punch become less potent over time.
Bourbon Punch for One
1.5 oz (1 jigger) bourbon
1.5 oz dark rum, such as goslings
1/2 oz triple sec
1.5 oz lemonade
1.5 oz iced black tea
juice from 1/4 of an orange and 1/4 lemon
~1 tsp sugar
1. Squeeze orange and lemon into a low ball or high ball glass (or, preferably, a mason jar!) and muddle with sugar so it begins to dissolve
2. Add a couple cubes of ice, and then the liquors
3. Top with lemonade and iced tea; give it a good stir to finish dissolving sugar