We've made this twice in the last week. The first occasion was for Nate and Dwen's baby shower. We made short work of it. The second was for a get together at the Oregon coast for my sister's birthday. That one lasted a little longer as there were too many other choices that started being consumed around 11 am.
It's very easy to make because you don't have to buy a lot of obscure ingredients.
It's a good wintery punch and might be good hot.
|750 ml Calvados (or Lairds Bonded Apple Brandy)|
750 ml Pimm's No. 1
15 oz. lemon juice
10 oz. fresh pomegranate juice
15 oz. unfiltered apple juice
18 oz. five spice honey syrup (recipe below)
1 oz. Fee Bros. whiskey barrel bitters (or Angostura)
1 oz. Peychaud's bitters (or orange bitters)
Garnish: 20 thin slices of apple
Combine ingredients in a punch bowl and stir. Garnish by slicing apples cross-wise, so the exposed seed chambers create a star shape in the center of each slice.
Five Spice Honey
18 oz. honey
6 oz water
4 whole star anise
20 whole cloves
6 cinnamon sticks
5 cracked whole nutmegs
12 allspice berries
Toast spices lightly in a skillet. When spices become aromatic, add water and honey, then simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat to extract spice oils. Strain into a clean glass container while still warm. (It will thicken too much to strain easily if allowed to cool.) Keeps refrigerated for three weeks.