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I made this on a whim (a several-hours-of-grocery-shopping whim) and it was unbelievably good. I’ve made several other recipes out of this book and the ones I’ve picked have been good but this is best.

I’ll post the original recipe then my modification.

From The Punch Bowl by Dan Searing (published without permission)

Tradewinds Punch

From Jon Harris, The Gibson, Washington D. C.

24-36 servings

2 1/8 c. El Dorado 151 Rum

1 c. Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin

2 Vanilla Beans, split

Grated Zest of Half a Grapefruit

3 Fresh, Ripe Guavas, thinly sliced

1 T. Chinese Five Spice Powder

1 Stalk Lemongrass, sliced

1 c. Fresh Lime Juice (~8 Limes)

2 1/4 c. Simple Syrup

4 1/4 c. Water

7 12-oz Bottles India Pale Ale


Mix the first 7 ingredients, cover tightly, let stand over night.

Then strain, add lime juice, simple, and water, mix then add IPA, followed by Ice.

Garnish and serve.

I didn’t have saffron gin, so I used a soda syphon to pressure-infuse some Beefeater with saffron, grapefruit zest, some dried lemongrass, and the vanilla beans. I made the simple syrup fresh with the requisite spices involved with chinese five spice powder in their unpowdered form boiled in it. I then strained and combined the two with Lemon Hart 151, the lime juice, 2 cups of Goya Guava Nectar, and maybe a couple cups of water (I forget) and poured over a giant ice block (made by putting carton of OJ filled with water into the freezer) and added 7 bottles of Avery IPA.

Truly sensational.


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