Every year a holiday cocktail springs fully formed from my mind. As I did last year, for 2010 I went with a punch that could be produced in bulk, 20 servings at a time, instead of 2 or 3. Originally I wanted to use passion fruit juice in this punch, but I couldn’t find any. Mango turned out to go very well with Bourbon — although if I was starting from scratch I might have gone with anejo rum instead as the base.
Here’s the stuff:
Swedish Hobo Punch
1 bottle Bourbon
32 oz. mango nectar (half a carton)
2 oz. lingonberry concentrate (substitute grenadine if you don’t have an Ikea nearby)
1 bottle sparkling wine (Prosecco works well)
Add first three ingredients, chilled, to a punch bowl and mix. Add a decorative ice block (I made a couple — one with embedded pineapple and one with Meyer lemon and lime slices) to the punch. Top with the sparkling wine and serve.