Posted by AdamSaturday February 6, 2010
It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and the whole mishpucha is coming over to watch the big game. Don’t just set out a bowl of chips… greet your guests with a bowl full of Football Punch! This recipe is taken from party host extraordinaire A.J. Rathbun‘s latest book, Dark Spirits.
The recipe is below, followed by a video in which the author and his friends show you how it’s done:
Are you ready for some Football Punch? Probably not, I suppose, as fall’s favorite sport tends toward beer association and not cocktail connections. Now, beerheads, don’t get up in arms (I readily down a cold beer, especially on hot days), but I believe that this traditional beer-football duo is, well, a bit dull (please don’t tackle me yet) when done over and over. Football fanatics, make your pigskin bash stand out from packed crowds, and trust me—you’ll score with this punch bowl of glory. See, now aren’t you glad you didn’t tackle me?
One 750-milliliter bottle dark rum
16 ounces apple juice
10 ounces sweet vermouth
5 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
Two 25.4-ounce bottles chilled sparkling apple cider
2 apples, cored and sliced
1. Fill a large punch bowl halfway full with ice cubes. Add the rum, apple juice, vermouth, lemon juice, and orange juice. Stir with a pennant from your team of choice.
2. Add the sparkling apple cider, but in a sustained drive, not in a sprint (meaning, slow and steady wins this game), and the apple slices. Stir well. Serve in punch glasses, mugs, or little plastic footballs.