When it comes to punch, I typically stick to sangrias and gin punches, but when my friends at Old Dominick asked me to try their Bourbon I decided it was finally time to lean into this southern staple. For the Holidays, it’s all about easy entertaining and drinks that fit a variety of tastebuds, so after much research and recipe tinkering (plus a trial run at our Friendsgiving), this southern bourbon punch has its official stamp of Holiday approval for your entertaining must make list.
I was chatting with a reader on Instagram about my reluctance towards bourbon and we both had a good laugh about how most people have two experiences with bourbon: ther heritage expereince inherited good habits through a family member, or the collegiate experience of cheap bourbon and poor ratios. The latter is how I was introduced to bourbon so most of the time the smell of bourbon made my stomach turn.
And if you are like me, I will happily note that this southern bourbon punch is the heritage experience: well-balanced with superb bourbon whiskey from Old Dominick to round out this divine drink.
Plus, what’s more southern than a vintage punch bowl complete with little glass cups? If there is anything to get excited about it’s the frivolity of using a punch bowl with matching cups for when guests come over.
Now let’s talk about this heritage southern bourbon punch. There is a step of complication with it because you need to make your own cinnamon, ginger brown sugar simple syrup, but that’s the most complicated. Everything else is just a simple mix together and garnish with sliced citrus.
It’s bright, tart, spice-filled with a hint of bourbon. A fresh taste of bourbon in every sip for those cool weather occassions. Shoot I would be so bold to say this would even taste delicious if it were warm, but if you want to make a truly delicious warm drink, try this hot buttered bourbon for that.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 sticks of cinnamon
- 1 thumb sized knob of ginger peeled, raw
- 1/2 cup Ginger Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- 2 cups Old Dominick Bourbon
- 4 cups freshly pressed apple cider non-alcoholic
- 2 lemons squeezed
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 cups club soda
- lemons, oranges, blood oranges to garnish
To make the ginger cinnamon syrup, combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium high heat, bring to a boil, stir and then reduce heat to medium low and cook for 5 minutes to soften the ginger and cinnamon. Remove from heat, cool, and transfer to an airtight container to let sit over night in the fridge.
Combine all ingredients except ice and garnish in a punch bowl, stir thoroughly, add ice and garnishes and serve.