Adapted from this recipe at Serious Eats. The bay leaves are what sucked me in!
Update: This punch was a huge hit and was gone in about an hour. There’s no way it serves 40. Maybe 20. I would at least double the recipe for any sizable party.
2 bottles Bourbon (I used Tennessee whiskey)
12 oz. apple cider
6 oz. spiced syrup (recipe below)
8 oz. simple syrup
10 oz. lime juice
20 bay leaves (dry)
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Garnish with apple, lemon, and lime slices. Serves 40.
6 oz. water
12 cinnamon sticks
12 allspice berries
Combine all ingredients, boil, then allow to cool. Strain. More like spiced water than syrup.