Basil Hayden’s® Autumnal Punch

Autumnal PunchIngredients:
1 3/4 cups Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
5 fresh Lemons, peeled and juiced (~1 Cup)
2 fresh Ruby Red Grapefruits, peeled and juiced (~2 Cups)
2 1/2 cups water
2 Cups Sugar
1/3 cup Earl Grey Tea
1 Lemon (for garnish)

Peel lemon and grapefruits and add peels into sugar, let sit for 2 hours. Bring water to boil in a sauce pot, remove from heat and add Earl Grey tea, steep for 3 minutes. Add sugar mixture to tea and stir until sugar melts. Let cool. Remove peels. Juice lemons and grapefruits, combine with Basil Hayden Bourbon and Earl Grey Simple Syrup. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Serve in a small punch bowl with large ice cubes. Garnish with lemon wheels. Serves 17.

By Charlie Schott (Chicago, IL)