Here's my prize winning punch recipe from last weeks Queen Bee Classic, the cocktail competition that kicked off New York Honey Week. I brewed switchel, mixed it with Catskill Provisions Honey Whiskey (made from local rye and local honey), and served it topped with seltzer and a pinch of sea salt. Ahhhhhhh....
Hannah's Hint: Just for fun, try the drink before and after the addition of salt. It neutralizes the slight bitter aftertaste, and mellows the sweetness!
makes sixteen 4–ounce servings
- 2 cups Catskill Provisions Honey Whiskey
- 2 cups homemade honey switchel (recipe follows)
- 1 liter seltzer, chilled
- sea salt
- edible flowers for garnish (optional)
1. In a punch bowl, combine the whiskey and switchel. Add a large block of ice and stir to chill the punch. (Make an ice block by freezing water in a metal mixing bowl, budnt pan, or bread pan).
2. Add the seltzer to the punch and serve immediately, over ice; or ladle out 3/4 ounce servings of punch over ice, topping each portion with seltzer.
3. Finish each glass with a pinch of sea salt, and stir briefly before serving. Garnish with flowers, if desired.
p.s. I made a flowers and bees for my hair too, in the spirit of this event!
p.p.s. An extra big thanks to all my awesome helpers schlepping and serving the punch!