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Cucumber Lime Cooler

Sunday, September 25th, 2011 | Recipies, Uncategorized | No Comments

This recipe was inspired by a fabulous cucmber lime martini I had at Colonie, the hottest new restaurant to open in Brooklyn Heights this past year.

If you don’t have a juicer, you can leave out the juiced cucumber and just use sliced cucumber. This makes more of a refreshing limeade, which is also quite delicious, but less cucumber-y and bright green.

I personally prefer this recipe made with gin. I think it holds up better to the sweetness of St. Germaine – especially good with an herbal gin like Hendrick’s. Last night, though, I made this recipe for my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary and we chose to use vodka, since my mom isn’t a huge gin fan. Either way works!

In a medium sized punch bowl, mix the following over a mixture of ice cubes and small blocks of ice:

  • 1 – 1.5L Gin or Vodka (depending on strength desired)
  • 1 Bottle St Germaine
  • 3 English (hot house) Cucumbers – 2 juiced, 1 sliced thin
  • 15 – 18 Limes – juiced
  • 2 L Club Soda

Note: To make small blocks of ice, freeze water in small to medium-sized tupperware containers overnight. If you boil the water (then let it cool) before freezing, it will freeze completely clear without bubbles.

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St Germain Punch

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 | Recipies | No Comments

It is clear that 2010 was the year of the St Germain cocktail. While the this tasty elderflower liquor has been around for years, it experienced something of a renaissance in 2010; appearing on drink menus from the Upper West Side all the way to Carrol Gardens, Brooklyn. So it was only fitting that this year’s New Year’s Eve punch should feature it so boldly! I could drink this punch all day (or night) long. Just be warned…it goes down easy. Too easy.

St Germain Punch

  • 1 Liter Dry Gin
  • 3/4 Liter St Germain
  • 1/2 Gallon Pink Graperfruit Juice
  • Bag of Ice

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Rosemary Citrus Punch

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 | Recipies | No Comments

This is the perfect punch for a sultry Summer evening.  I know what you are thinking. “Damn, girl, it is 10 degrees outside.” I know, I know. But for those of you living in NYC or Brooklyn, you are very familiar with the phenomenon of a boiling hot apartment from November through March. It might as well be August. You are completely at the mercy of the steam heating system in your old apartment buildings. Admit it – you keep your windows open all winter just to maintain a bearable temperature. (Al Gore just had a coronary.) You lounge around all weekend in your boy shorts and string bikinis rubbing ice cubes all over your semi-naked bodies. (OK…that is just my personal fantasy.)

Why fight the heat. Throw a tropical party and serve this punch. Three cups of this and you will start to hear the Mr Frosty jingle ringing in your ears.

Rosemary Citrus Punch Recipe
(add ingredients to punch bowl in order listed and stir)

  • 5 lb Bag of Ice
  • 1 (1.5L)  Bottle Vodka
  • 8 Limes – Squeezed
  • 3 Limes – Sliced thin
  • 1/2 Gallon Lemonade (I recommend a good quality brand like Newman’s)
  • 1.2 Gallon Pink Grapefruit Juice (fresh, not from concentrate)
  • 2 Bottles Seltzer
  • Rosemary Simple Syrup to taste (approx. 2 cups)

Rosemary Simple Syrup:

  • 2 Cups White Sugar
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 2 Bunches Rosemary
  • Boil on the stove about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Let sit and steep in the pot for 1 hour
  • Strain out the Rosemary with a fine mesh strainer

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Pomegranate Gimlet

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 | Recipies | No Comments

I figured I would kick off the recipes with the current fan favorite – the pomegranate gimlet. This recipe was originally created for a good friend’s wedding. We sat down together and discussed what she was looking for in a punch. “Not too sweet” and “something having to do with pomegranate” were her two criteria. Thus, this recipe was born.  And hey – I’m pretty sure all the health benefits of pomegranate juice counteract all the alcohol you will be ingesting in an evening of drinking this punch.

Pomegranate Gimlet Recipe
(add ingredients to punch bowl in order listed and stir)

  • 5 lb Bag of Ice
  • 1 (1.5L) Bottle Vodka or Gin
  • 12 Limes – Squeezed
  • 4 Limes – Sliced thin
  • 1 (12 oz) Can Frozen Limeade
  • 24 oz Pomegranate Juice (Pom brand)
  • 1 Pomegranate – seeds only
  • 2 (2L) Bottles Plain Seltzer

Note: There is pretty much no time that it is ok to use flavored seltzer in any punch recipe. That stuff is filled with chemically fake taste and has no place in any drink you are concocting. Stick to plain, unflavored Seltzer or Club Soda please.

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Vodka Berry Punch (a.k.a. The Chadelicious)

Sunday, January 4th, 2009 | Recipies | No Comments

One year, we decided to combine the annual Studio Guild extravaganza with Chad’s birthday. Chad is one of the original Studio Guild members, and an overall fantastic guy. In honor of his birthday, I created the following recipe. Right before the party, he tasted it. “Delicious!,” he exclaimed. He then asked me – what should we call it? It seemed obvious. The Chadelicious. It was an instant success and is still requested by name at every Studio Guild gala.

Vodka Berry Punch Recipe
(add ingredients to punch bowl in order listed and stir)

  • Pint Blackberries or Raspberries 
    mash with ladle in bottom of punch bowl
  • 5lb Bag of Ice
  • 1 (12 oz) Can Frozen Limeade
  • 1 (1.5L) Bottle Vodka
  • 1 Cup Cassis
  • 1 (64oz) bottle Cran-Raspberry Juice
  • 8 Limes – Squeezed
  • 4 Limes – Sliced Thin
  • 1 Bunch Mint – ripped into pieces
  • 1 (2L) Bottle Seltzer

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