I’m not sure about you, but I’ll take any excuse I can to have a relaxing drink outside when the weather is pleasing. Heck, I remember when my Danish relatives visited me in college (go Poly!) and they insisted on spending basically every minute they could outside — though I suppose central California is a touch more temperate than the Frozen North that is Denmark outside of summer. Great cocktails for outside gatherings? Punches. Make one or make a pitcher and you’re set. Here’s a winner for your next outdoor gathering, the Amaro Lucano Punch!
What is Amaro Lucano? It’s amaro, der. Not sure what that is? It’s an Italian (typically after dinner) slightly bitter digestif. They brew it with special herbs and spices, don’t fry it, but turn it into a tasty little drink that you can (Alice wouldn’t, but I might) drink on the rocks after you’re done eating.
However, when I had a taste, the immediate thing that popped into my mind was PUNCH. I’m relatively sure it wasn’t because I was just playing an emulated version of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (a perennial classic, I challenge you not to love it), but because Amaro Lucano really lends itself to a punch.
Much like with Crème de Cacao, what I don’t like is a totally sweet, one-noted punch. That’s just not interesting to drink. Don’t get me wrong, what I’m not saying is that I want something super complex where you need to consider every sip closely, that’s just not relaxing.
What you want, in my estimation, is a refreshing, tastes good with food, will easily get you happy (and happier the more you drink), looks a little fun, could definitely work in a punch bowl, punch. That’s not too much to ask is it?
I think not.
Ready to get out there, soak up some sun, enjoy the great outdoors (even if only your backyard) and have a tasty punch while doing it? I know I am.
On to the Amaro Lucano Punch!
- 1 oz. Amaro Lucano
- ½ oz. peach brandy
- ½ oz. Cointreau
- ¼ oz. Chambord
- ¼ oz. lemon juice
- ¼ oz. honey water
- 3 oz. white grape juice
- Orange slices
- Get over the shock of all the ingredients.
- Add everything to your shaker with ice.
- Pour into your ice-filled glass.
- Garnish with berries and orange.