That One Drink That Is a Perfect Punch

Publish date:
July 30, 2016
Punch, That One Drink, Rose Wine, Pink Drinks

Greetings and salutations and welcome back to another cold and crisp installment of That One Drink. Last week we thought pink and shared our favorite rose-colored beverages.

The most popular comment was brought to us by Sweatpants4Life:

I also enjoyed the comments that followed, so I will provide the whole discussion:

Sweatpants4Life: * shamefully wispers * I like pink wine

lady_stardust67: my husband loves a sparking rosé. LOVES. So much so that his former boss always has a bottle of it for when we come over for the holidays.

Sweatpants4Life: I love it too. I put frozen maraschino cherries in it.

lady_stardust67: ohh that sounds delicious.

Firstly, dear Sweatpants, there is no shame in your pink wine game, even sweet pink wine. I actually had a sparkling rosé the other night that was the ultimate in effervescent refreshment. So hold your head high and drink your maraschino-studded beverage and drink deeply, dear Sweatpants.

I know I talked briefly about pink wine last week, but I'm not mad at an excuse to drink more. I'm currently visiting my aunt (and her four lovely children) in Colorado for a little birthday vacation. (It's my 30th soon and we're going to see The National at Red Rocks. I am stoked.)

"Do you happen to have any pink wine?" I asked her after reading last week's comments.

"In the beverage fridge, next to the La Croix," she replied, proving that we are very much related.

I was pretty happy with what I found in said beverage fridge. This particular rosé was quite dry, but still a bit fruity, like tart strawberries. I liked sipping it on its own, but it would pair well with any kind of seafood, chicken, pasta, or — ya know — food that isn't steak or ribs or something.

Pink wine always deserves a trophy, and today it is "Baby We'll Be Fine" by The National because I'm seeing them Sunday and can't think of anything else.

Moving right along! As I mentioned above, I am turning 30 soon — next Friday, to be exact — and I am planning a pretty sweet party, complete with a whole roasted pig and a big bowl of punch.

My grandmother gave me a beautiful punch bowl some time back, and I've only used it once. I tried to make a punch on a whim for a friend's birthday but added a bit too much vodka. I say "punch," but it was really just Sprite and vodka, with some limeade or something. (It was a while ago.) It tasted fine to me, but when I asked for a second opinion, I was informed that I "had no taste buds" and my "punch" just "tasted like burning."

Anyway. This time will be different and very special and fancy. I'm pretty sure I'm going with something gin-based, with some vermouth, a rhubarb shrub, some peach simple syrup, and sparkling wine, perhaps a sparkling rosé.

I am, of course, open to suggestions, so please give me your favorite punch recipes. I mean, really any large-format cocktail will do. I just need something to get a crowd buzzed.