Island Holiday Punch

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The folks at Skyy can always be counted on for some fun holiday concoctions, this year is no exception. The Island Holiday Punch is an easy way to wow your guests. The combo of ginger infused vodka, aged rum, spiced simple syrup and citrus make a refreshing punch with an holiday bite. Try it at your holiday party and tell us what you think! Created by Christopher Bostick, courtesy Skyy Vodka.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Skyy Infusions ginger vodka
  • 4 oz Flor de Caña 7-year rum
  • 4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 6 oz holiday spiced simple syrup*
  • 12 oz soda water
  • Nutmeg and star anise pods for garnish

Instructions

In a medium sized punch bowl, combine all ingredients except for soda, and whisk lightly. Add 1 solid chunk (or about 3 cups of ice), in addition to soda, and stir. Grate a little nutmeg on top and float 3 star anise pods on surface for garnish. Serves 8.

*Holiday spiced simple syrup:

Ingredients:

1 cup Demerara (turbinado) sugar (white granulated sugar if unavailable)
1 cup water
2 tbsp Jamaican allspice berries (omit if unavailable)
½ tbsp Nutmeg
1 Cinnamon stick
2 Star anise pods

Bring all ingredients to a simmer in saucepan for five minutes. Strain to remove solids and cool. To speed up the cooling, add a few ice cubes to syrup.

NOTE: To offer simpler option to the Holiday Spiced Simple Syrup, make simple syrup using only water and sugar. Then, add remaining spices directly to the punch or top it off with Ginger beer instead of soda water.

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