Tailgating season is in full swing and that slight chill in the air means diehard devotees and casual fans alike will soon fill stadium lots to the brim. In addition to burgers, wings and other tailgater trappings, the Mississippi mainstay of bourbon punch is sure to rear its delectable head during the festivities. This stiff punch provides the perfect refresher for game day grillers and outdoor entertainers alike.

Ingredients (serves 20):
6 cups ruby-red grapefruit or cranberry juice
2 cups pineapple juice
4 cups bourbon
8-10 dashes of lemon bitters
2 cup seltzer water


Preparation:
Whisk juice and bourbon together in a large punchbowl or pitcher.
Add several dashes of lemon bitters to taste.
(optional) Add fruit mixture to bowl to garnish (oranges, cherries, lemons, etc.)
Add seltzer water and stir.
Serve chilled in 8-10 oz party cups with plenty of ice cubes (the bigger, the better).

 

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Story by Casey Hilder

Food & Entertaining | Drink | September 2013

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