Issue No. 126 —

Old Faithful

Are you having people over for the Raven’s game this weekend? The last thing you’ll want to be doing while your Ravens are taking it to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game is making drinks for everyone. The best way to keep your guests happy and liquored up while maintaining fives on your seat is to prepare a punch.

I got this recipe from Dan Searing’s book The Punch Bowl. The Old Faithful is a recipe by Gina Chersevani of Washington D.C.‘s PS7. I got a block of ice from a local ice shop. Use clear ice for the best presentation, but if you can’t get your hands on clear ice you can always make a block at home. You can freeze it in a Tupperware container. Sometimes I like to use a taco salad mold. You can even cut the bottoms off two liter soda bottles for molds.

I made a slight alteration to this recipe to celebrate the Ravens. I added purple food coloring to support my team.


  • 1 750-ml bottle of bourbon
  • 1 2/3 cups of Saint Germain
  • 4 cups of fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 20 dashes of grapefruit bitters
  • 1 750-ml bottle of sparkling water
  • 30 mint leaves
  • 20 stripes of grapefruit peels

In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, bourbon, and  Saint Germain until the sugar is dissolved. Add the grapefruit juice and bitters and stir. Top the punch with mint leaves and grapefruit peels, then stir gently. Let it sit for about an hour. Immediately before serving add the sparkling water.

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