Punch is a drink synonymous with parties — it’s the ultimate people-pleaser when it’s done right. With the holiday season in full effect, there are lots of opportunities to get together with friends and family to celebrate, and these delicious punch drinks will get you into the holiday “spirit.”
Brake For Rainbows at Nitecap
Starting the evening with a Nitecap? If it’s on the Lower East Side, and you’re seeking a group punch that packs some serious flavor, absolutely. Featuring a kaleidoscope of colors and spirits, Brake For Rainbows—created by Lauren Corriveau and Natasha David—is like a mini-punch perfect for a small posse of 2-4 people. Made with Plantation Xaymaca Rum, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, Giffard Passion Fruit Liqueur, OJ, and sparkling wine, the Brake for Rainbows at this Lower East Side spot is the perfect amount of boozy and sweet.
Indian-Spiced Rum Punch at Baar Baar
Indian food is awesome — end of the story. And an Indian-spiced rum punch? Color us intrigued. At Baar Baar in the East Village, Executive Chef Sujan Sarker’s goal is to make “Indian food sexy” by taking old-age recipes into the present day with modern tapas, plates and spiced cocktails that feature regional Indian flavors and authentic ingredients combined with local produce. Pair the bites with the Indian-Spiced Rum Punch, a blend of dark rum, Aperol, triple sec, coconut milk and fresh pineapple juice.
San Francisco Punch at Covina
Further uptown, husband and wife team — James Beard award-winning Chef Tim and Nancy Cushman — have an American neighborhood restaurant, Covina, located at the Park South Hotel. According to Beverage Captain Rafa Garcia Febles, for the San Francisco Punch, “we wanted to acknowledge the history of San Francisco’s native Pisco Punch while honoring that Singani, a close cousin, is not Pisco but instead its own spirit. Stiggins Fancy is a delicious flavored rum that’s lush, unctuous, and addictive. We make it juicy with pineapple gomme syrup and grapefruit and lime juices, and a little floral with Singani 63, in this lovable Daiquiri No. 3 variation.”
La Piña Flameada at Ortzi
Over on the West Side, Ortzi NYC showcases Basque cuisine from Chef Jose Garces. His menu is inspired by the flavors of this mountainous coastal area between Spain and France — and the vibrant culture that resides there. Translating that vibrancy into a punch brings together a range of fruit flavors and a bit of fire in the form of absinthe, along with white and dark rum, banana liqueur, lime juice, pineapple juice and cherry syrup.
Rum Punch at The Rum House
The Rum House is a no-brainer for all things punch. After all, rum is a spirit designed (for many) with punch in mind. Head bartender Nick Jackson created the bar’s signature Rum Punch, which fits in nicely with the revelry of its Times Square location, known for its live piano and jazz and don’t miss the Rum Punch, made with dark and white rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup, Angostura bitters and Peychaud’s.
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