Champagne Holiday Punch Recipe

Champagne Holiday Punch
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: | Active Time: | Makes: 8 drinks

Erick Castro, the former general manager at Rickhouse Bar in San Francisco, makes this easy holiday punch in our You’re Doing It All Wrong video. It’s a flexible recipe that will work with nearly any base spirit if you don’t have genever.

What to buy: Though it’s also infused with botanicals like juniper, genever (a.k.a. Holland or Dutch gin) is a maltier, funkier relative of gin that mixes very well in cocktails. Anchor Distilling and Bols make good versions that can be found at any well-stocked liquor store.

  • 1 1/2 cups genever, chilled if possible
  • 1/2 cup orange curaçao, chilled if possible
  • 1/2 cup Rich Simple Syrup
  • 10 dashes aromatic bitters, such as angostura
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sparkling wine or Champagne
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pineapple slices and star anise, for garnish
  1. Pour the genever, orange curaçao, simple syrup, and bitters into a punch bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add the sparkling water, lemon juice, and sparkling wine or Champagne just before serving.
  3. Place a large block of ice in the punch and stir gently just to combine.
  4. Grate nutmeg over top of the punch, and garnish with pineapple slices and star anise.