Punch

Recently I wrote a story about the popularity — resurgence, really — of punch. And after I wrote it, I realized that just the weekend before, as part of a baby shower I played host to for some of our expecting friends, I myself had made a rather delicious, tea-based punch that my friends really liked.

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I didn’t get any photos of it at the party — the above photo is of Clark’s punch — but I did want to share the recipe for anyone who, like me, is into the idea of making punch at home for a crowd.

Honey Green-Tea Fizz, adapted from Southern Living Magazine

Ingredients

  • 4 family-sized green tea bags (I use Lipton and brewed double-strength)
  • boiling water in amount that corresponds to number of tea bags you’re using
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar, or to taste
  • 1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Vodka (we used Tito’s) or Rye

Preparation

Steep tea bags in boiling water according to package directions. Stir in agave; cool completely (about 2 hours). Combine tea, chilled ginger ale, and fresh lemon juice. Serve over ice.

I made the punch sans-alcohol as not all the guests as the party were drinkers and let guests spike their glasses individually to their taste. You could alternatively add the spirit before serving. I think this would also be excellent with rye as the weather cools.

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