Far from the Tree

Brooklyn bartender Ivy Mix, the award-winning co-owner of Leyenda in Brooklyn, shared this cardamom-scented holiday punch. Layers of apple flavor, from cold-pressed juice, brandy, hard cider, and fresh apple slices, give the not-too-boozy punch an autumnal feel. Fun fact: Ivy Mix's father, Robin Mix, is an acclaimed glass artist—his gorgeous handblown bowl (etsy.com/shop/robinmixglass) is perfect for showing off ivy's heady cardamom-scented holiday punch.

Far from the Tree
Photo: Christopher Testani
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 3 cardamom pods

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 1/2 cups French Sauvignon Blanc or similar dry white wine

  • 1 cup cold-pressed apple juice or apple cider

  • 3/4 cup white verjus

  • 1/2 cup amontillado sherry

  • 1/2 cup Calvados or other apple brandy

  • 1/2 cup simple syrup

  • 1 cup dry Spanish-style hard cider (such as Trabanco)

  • 1 crisp, red-skinned apple, thinly cut crosswise into 12 rounds


  1. Muddle cardamom pods and salt in bottom of a punch bowl. Stir in wine, apple juice, verjus, sherry, Calvados, and simple syrup. Add a 1-pound ice block or ice ring; stir gently until punch is chilled, about 30 seconds. Top with hard cider, and garnish with apple slices.

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