Rosemary Citrus Punch

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 | Recipies

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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