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Recipe

Tenant’s Harbor Punch

Scott Phillips

Servings: 10-12

This punch is named for a quiet, windswept point on the rocky coast of Maine. I made this punch there for the summer wedding of two friends. The caraway-flavored aquavit was made in Norway, near the bride’s hometown.

Find more recipes for punch and other party drinks on our Drinks & Entertaining page.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 medium lemons
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 750-ml bottles off-dry white wine (such as Riesling Spatlese, Vouvray, or Chenin Blanc), chilled
  • 1-1/2 cups aquavit, preferably Norwegian, such as Linie, chilled
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 English cucumber, washed and sliced about 1/8 inch thick
  • 4 cups sparkling water, chilled

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 290
      Fat Calories (kcal): 0
      Fat (g): 0
      Saturated Fat (g): 0
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
      Cholesterol (mg): 0
      Sodium (mg): 10
      Carbohydrates (g): 24
      Fiber (g): 1
      Protein (g): 1

Preparation

  • Using a peeler, remove the zest from the lemons, avoiding the white pith. In a medium bowl, combine the lemon zest and the sugar, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sugar is fragrant and has the texture of soft, fresh snow, about 10 minutes. Add 3/4 cup boiling water to the bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar. Strain the syrup and let cool.
  • Juice the lemons and strain the juice —you’ll need 1 cup plus 2 Tbs. juice.
  • At least 3 hours and up to 6 hours before serving, combine the syrup, lemon juice, wine, aquavit, strawberries, and cucumbers in a large bowl or pot. Chill in the refrigerator.
  • Just before serving, pour the punch into a large chilled punch bowl or dispenser, with a block of ice. Add the sparkling water and gently stir.

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  • joyfullady | 01/25/2013

    Excellent for a garden party.

  • gsk | 07/04/2010

    Delicious. This was a big hit. GSK - Los Angeles

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