Hi guys! Today we are getting a little bit vintage and kitschy, paper umbrellas and all. I mean, let’s be honest, a paper umbrella it’s an automatic “YES” to any drink that has them, am I right?!
Remember those tropical, flashy, “vacation/resort” cocktails? Stuff like a chichi, sex on the beach, and – a personal fave – the mai tai. Those cocktails were all about colour and in some cases, unfortunately, a lot of sweetness (hurt-your-teeth kinda sweet). Still, some of those cocktails bring back awesome memories of having time off and chilling by a pool. Luckily for our insulin levels, lot of these oldies are getting revamped with a modern twist. The modern twist consists of drinks that are less sweet, without the use of cough-medicine-tasting syrups, and with infused booze, not just straight-up rum. Fortunately though, the garnish is still just as tacky-chic as before: bright paper umbrellas, long flashy swizzle sticks, and of course, a maraschino cherry!
For this recipe, I wanted to make something Mai Tai inspired. For me, a Mai Tai screams vacation! So even if you’re at home drinking one, you feel like you’re at some cool-ass resort having the time of your life. With the bright colors and tropical flavors in mind, I made this Sunset Punch.
The punch consists of a reduction of grapefruit juice with cinnamon and cardamom, then I added a ton of ice, added some gin, and topped it with tonic water. For garnish I used lots of tropical things like pineapple, cherries, basil, and mint. It’s like a fragrant bouquet in a glass! Sooo good.
Ok fellas, get your kitschiest glasses out of the cupboard and let’s make a batch!
The Sunset Punch
3 cups grapefruit juice (fresh is better, but boxed will do too, just make sure it’s not from concentrate)
3 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
Lots of crushed ice
Garnish: umbrellas, pineapple slices, maraschino cherries, mint, and basil (or anything else you like)
1. Place the grapefruit juice, cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick in a pot over medium heat and simmer until reduced by half (about 7-10 min). Remove from the heat and completely cool.
2. To make the drink, add lots of ice to a glass, pour about 2 oz. of the grapefruit juice, then add 1 shot of gin (or a touch more if you like it strong), and top with tonic water. Garnish and drink!
It’s pretty easy to make and it looks super cool. Cheers!