As the snow dumps and the holiday bills roll in, many of us are choosing to imbibe at home, both to save money and stay warm. But what to do when friends of friends catch wind of your snuggly winter dinner plans and the night morphs into an impromptu party? Make punch! Last weekend, we created this recipe, called the “Short Con.”
Step #1: Steep tea. How much will depend on how much punch you are making; for the Short Con Punch, I steeped two white tea bags in 1 cup of water for five minutes.
Step #2: Peel whatever citrus you choose and muddle it with sugar. Again, this should be to scale. The Short Con Punch calls for muddled peels of four lemons and a lime in about a cup of sugar. Muddle until the citrus oils have been absorbed by the sugar.
Step #3: Add tea to the sugary citrus peel mix and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Step #4: Add base spirit, modifying liqueurs and fresh-squeezed citrus juice of choice in a ratio of 2:1:1. For the Short Con, we started with 2 cups of gin, a little over 1/4 cup of Combier, a little under 1/4 cup of Orchard Apricot Liqueur and juice of four to five lemons. Taste as you go and modify as needed.
Step #5: Add a little water and ice.
Et voila! If serving immediately, ladle punch over ice-filled cups. If you have time, allow the punch to chill for a bit (literally) before serving.