All Hallows’ Punch

Halloween is but a week away, and I’m sure we’re all busy picking out costumes (I can’t seem to find a Jerry Thomas costume anywhere!) and planning our respective parties down to the finest details. When it comes to the house party, it is always best to try and make as little work for yourself as possible, so that you can experience the party that everyone else is enjoying. While this means that there will still be a lot of work in preparation, you don’t want to be stuck behind a makeshift bar the entire night mixing up cocktails for your increasingly inebriated guests. The solution? Hire a bartender, or serve a punch.

If you decide on the cheaper and easier of the two options, why not start your party off with the:


6 parts sparkling rosé
2 parts Cognac
2 parts maraschino liqueur
4 parts gingerale
place all into a punch bowl
add a large block of ice
garnish with slices of blood orange

Insanely easy to make (and damn tasty too) the key to the punch is to not add the bubbly components until your first guest wants a beverage, thus ensuring that your precious bubbles will last longer.

Another key component of punches and punch bowls is the ice. Instead of using small ice cubes, fill a large bowl with water and place in the freezer the night before. Right before your party starts, take your large, curved ice block out of the freezer and place it into your punch bowl. This large-format ice will make your punch cold without melting instantly into a watery tepid mess.

So there you have it, a low-stress way to serve guests and ensure that you have time to enjoy the fruits of your labours.

Happy Halloween all!

For those of you that listen to the radio and live in the Seattle area, I’ll be on the Ron and Don Show (97.3 KIRO FM) on Halloween night from 5 to 6 pm. What will we be discussing? Your guess is as good as mine, but I’m sure talk of booze and cocktails will surface!

UPDATE: the radio show has been postponed to another date. Also, if you’re here looking for Halloween drink ideas, don’t forget this and this!

All Hallows Punch

Drink and Pictures by:
Jamie Boudreau
Cocktail Whisperer


~ by Jamie Boudreau on October 25, 2008.

7 Responses to “All Hallows’ Punch”

  1. Jerry Thomas? I think you look more like Stan Jones, and the costume should be easier, too:

  2. It looks like 97.3 KIRO streams a live broadcast on the internet too. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to hear you on the other side of the country.

  3. […] Jamie Boudreau passes on the All Hallow’s Punch […]

  4. How about an undead Jerry Thomas? Unfortunately, his diamond cuff links were stolen by grave robbers.

    Hallowe'en Costumes
    Zombie Bartender

  5. What’s your feeling about using things like Stock Maraschino instead of Luxardo, and possibly some less-than $$$ alternatives?

  6. where’d you dig up those fancy punch cups? gorgeous!

  7. Homans:
    Stock is horrible stuff. Spend what you are comfortable with, but remember that you are only as strong as your weakest link (or worst spirit).

    Same place I get all my antiques…Antique Shops!
    (You should see the bowl it came with: best $30 I ever spent)

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