Bourbon, Chamomile, Strawberry and Grapefruit Punch
Shortly we will have arrived at “Patio Season,” and with those warmer months comes the desire to Brunch. What is it about brunch that everyone loves so much? Is it the combination of sweet and savoury, as you choose between fluffy buttermilk pancakes with blueberry sauce, or pizza with ham and poached egg? Is it the relaxed atmosphere as your breakfast stretches into your lunch, naturally? Or is it the fact that it becomes completely acceptable to have a cocktail at 11:00 a.m on the nose?
If you haven’t agreed with the last one already, this Bourbon Chamomile, Strawberry and Grapefruit Punch is sure to change your mind!
Makes: 10-12 servings
Takes: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
- CHAMOMILE SYRUP:
- 3 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 8 chamomile tea bags
- 4 cups fresh grapefruit juice
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 3 cups bourbon
- A few good dashes of bitters
- Ice cubes or an ice mold, for serving
- Fresh chamomile flowers, for garnish (optional)
Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Remove from the heat, add the tea bags, and stir. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and discard.
Refrigerate until room temperature or chilled (at least 1 hour)
*Note: this can be done days in advance; store in fridge.
In a blender, combine grapefruit juice and half of the strawberries. Blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a large punch bowl.
Add the chamomile syrup, bourbon, and bitters.
Add the remaining strawberry slices and ice.
*To serve, ladle punch into cups with ice and flowers to garnish
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