3 Punch Recipes Perfect for Your Summer Barbecues

3 Punch Recipes Perfect for Your Summer Barbecues

It’s hard to beat burgers and beer for sun-season celebrations. But when you need to upgrade your backyard barbecue, you can’t go wrong with one of these refreshing punches. Here are three cocktail recipes you need to try right now.

1. Pink Vespa

3 Punch Recipes Perfect for Your Summer Barbecues

From Columbia Room’s Punch Garden in Washington D.C.

30 oz basil-infused vodka* 
20 oz Cappelletti Aperitivo 
10 oz fresh lemon juice
10 oz simple syrup
20 dashes orange bitters
40 oz sparkling mineral water 

Mix all ingredients in a large punch bowl. Serve over ice and garnish with basil. Serves 20.

*BASIL-INFUSED VODKA
Add 20g of chopped basil to 1 liter of Aylesbury Duck vodka. Let sit overnight. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine strainer.

2. Barrel of Fun Punch

3 Punch Recipes Perfect for Your Summer Barbecues

from Diamond Reef bar in Brooklyn

1 bottle (750ml) blended Scotch 
12 oz fresh lime juice
12 oz cacao cane syrup*
12 oz water

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and chill by adding a block of ice. When serving, grate nutmeg on top of a full glass. Serves 12.

*CACAO CANE SYRUP
8 oz crème de cacao mixed with 4 oz cane syrup

3. Louisiana Teapot Julep

3 Punch Recipes Perfect for Your Summer Barbecues

From Rudolph Bar & Tea in Los Angeles

10 oz mint-infused rye whiskey* 
2 1⁄2 oz peach-tea-infused demerara syrup**
10 dashes Angostura bitters

10 dashes Peychaud’s bitters 

Combine all ingredients in a large teapot or pitcher with ice and stir gently until it is chilled. Pour portion into a glass with ice. Garnish with a straw, a lemon wheel, and mint. Serves 5.

*MINT-INFUSED RYE
1⁄2 lb fresh mint leaves, stems removed
1 bottle (750ml) 100-proof rye whiskey, such as Rittenhouse

In a wire-mesh strainer, blanch mint in hot water for 5 seconds. Immediately remove and place in ice bath. Press remaining water from mint and, in a blender, combine the mint and rye. Let stand to infuse for one hour. Strain through a fine metal strainer before using.

**PEACH-TEA-INFUSED DEMERARA SYRUP
1 cup water
1⁄2 oz loose peach-flavored black tea
2 cups demerara or turbinado sugar

Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add to tea and infuse for exactly 5 minutes. Strain through a fine metal strainer, removing all of the tea leaves. While the water is still warm, add the sugar and stir until it has been completely incorporated before using.