Did you wake up wearing your game day jersey? Got your favorite snacks all lined up? Because tonight the pros kick off!
Wanna know what I’ve got going? Your new favorite punch. One that will keep you and all your NFL loving friends and family quenched- and stoked for fall.
Truth is, it took me a while to come around to Bourbon, or any dark liquor for that matter. Not that it wasn’t part of my “Old Florida” roots. I can still hear my grandfather, E.R. Beall, calling out, “Jack Daniels on the rocks with a splash of water”. I could always appreciate the stuff- even if it wasn’t my favorite thing- but it wasn’t until I had a whiskey drink mixed with just the right ingredients that I began to fully respect it’s depth of flavor.
I came to understand that Bourbon, while certainly warming and comforting when sipped on a cool evening, can also be refreshing when complimented by tangy citrus and served over a ton of ice. This punch will take you anywhere, from a low-key night in watching the game, to a kick off party down the block, and right on up to the stadium parking lot. I’ve given proportions for two drinks, but scale it up and pop it in a punch bowl or pitcher for a bigger crowd.
- 3 ounces Bourbon
- 1 ounce sweet Vermouth
- ⅓ cup fresh grapefruit juice
- ½ ounce grenadine
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 20-30 seconds, strain into rocks glasses filled with ice. Garnish with an orange wedge or maraschino cherry if desired.
Tips & Tricks
- There are 2 tablespoons in one fluid ounce. If you don't have a cocktail jigger or other way to measure fluid ounces, 3 ounces of bourbon equals 6 tablespoons, 1 ounce of vermouth equals 2 tablespoons, and 1/2 ounce of grenadine is 1 tablespoon.
- When scaling up the recipe for a party, know that 4 tbsps = 1/4 cup.