Summer is prime punch season. Whether you’re throwing a party, attending one, or simply in need of a last-minute, large-batch cocktail for the weekend, party punch bowls are always a good idea. And this Rope Hanger Punch recipe courtesy of LiFe Rooftop’s mixologist Brian Miller basically tastes like a tropical vacation, which is never a bad thing.
“The inspiration for the drink is twofold,” explains Miller. “There is a drink I see a lot down in Miami that is essentially a margarita with a beer tucked in it. One night while working at a bar a couple of friends of mine sat down and when I asked what they wanted, they said they couldn’t decide between a Champagne cocktail or a tropical cocktail. It took me a moment and then inspiration hit: I made them a giant Mai Tai with a bottle of Champagne it.”
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Not just any bottle of Champagne mind you, but a bottle of Krug to really take this punch bowl to the next level. Don’t worry though, if you don’t have some Krug laying around at home, you can always use whatever bottle of bubbly you do have on hand, but obviously special occasions call for Krug.
Try this best Mai Tai party punch recipe below. Cheers!
Rope Hanger Punch
- 4 lime shells, (drop in shaker, no pinch)
- 3 oz lime juice
- 3 oz Adam’s Greatest Mix
- 2 oz Grand Marnier Louis Alexandre
- 2 oz El Dorado 15-yr rum
- 2 oz Neisson 105-proof rhum
- 2 oz Hampden 8-yr rum
- 2 oz Plantation Jamaica 2005 rum
- 1 bottle of Krug
- Mint bouquet, for garnish
- Orchid petals, for garnish
Add all ingredients to the large cobbler shaker and add 12 Kold Draft ice cubes.
Shake and dump into a large champagne bucket, top with crushed ice.
Garnish with a 375ml bottle of Krug champagne (open and put whole bottle in, upside down) a mint “bouquet” and orchids.
In the original recipe for the Mai Tai, Trader Vic added the lime shell to add a little brightness to the cocktail. You get a little bit of the acid from the rind. I don’t pinch the shells when I put them in the drink because that adds too much acid. Shaking with ice extracts just the right amount.