Articles Tagged: Phil Ward

Happy National Punch Day

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Punch originated in India but quickly gained popularity amongst European sailors who took advantage of the abundance of Caribbean sugar cane. Sugar was perfect ingredient for their new drink of choice. Hindi for “five,” a true punch is composed of five main components: sugar, water, citrus, spice, and alcohol. When punch arrived in the new world, many drinkers relished the taste, texture and simplicity of the drink, and enjoyed sharing it in large quantities. “It’s … Read more

Flip Flop Punch

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Ingredients:
2 oz Chamomile infused Flor de Caña 4-year old
4 sugar cubes
3 oz club soda
1 oz lemon juice
1.5 oz grapefruit juice

Directions:
Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 oz. of club soda (this generally involves muddling to help process). Muddle the cloves with the sugar cubes. After the sugar cubes and cloves are muddled/dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and stir as added. Add ice once … Read more

Goodnight Moon Punch

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Ingredients:
2 oz Flor de Caña 7-year Grand Reserve
4 sugar cubes
3 oz club soda
2 whole cloves
1 pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
1 oz lemon juice
2 oz Fuji apple juice
2 dashes of Peychaud bitters

    Directions:
    Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 oz. of club soda (this generally involves muddling to help process). Muddle the cloves with the sugar cubes. After the sugar cubes and cloves are muddled/dissolved, add the rest

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Cardamom and Pop Punch

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Ingredients:
2 oz Flor de Caña 7-year Grand Reserve
4 sugar cubes
3 green cardamom pods (can be found at any spice shop)
3 oz club soda
1 oz lime juice
1 oz grapefruit juice
1 dash of Regan’s Orange bitters

Directions:
Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 ounce of soda water (this generally involves muddling to help process). Muddle the cardamom pods with the sugar cubes. After the sugar cubes and cloves are muddled/dissolved, … Read more

Green Acre Punch

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Ingredients:
2 oz Flor de Caña 4-year old
1 oz Flor de Caña 18-year old
0.75 oz rich demerara simple syrup
1 oz lime juice
6 oz hot green tea
1 mint sprig

Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients in a container and leave over night. The next day strain and refrigerate the punch. Serve in a punch cup and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.

Courtesy Flor de Cana Rum. Created by … Read more

Mayahuel: Agave-Lovers Paradise

I was doing some research on tequila and mezcal, and one bar was consistently mentioned with raves: Mayahuel in New York.

Tequila has often gotten a bad rap, due to its associations with spring break, hangovers, and the whole “eat the worm” thing. But it’s a very versatile spirit, as is its often-ignored cousin mezcal.

Mayahuel bartender Phil Ward loves the agave spirits, as evidenced by this great quote from his interview with BlackBook:… Read more