© Lucas Allen
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30 MIN
Serves : 8

Bartender Gui Jaroschy gives specific instructions to play the Buck Owens song “Made in Japan” while drinking this sake punch: “Play it on repeat if everyone is so inclined. This is somewhat important,” he deadpans. Slideshow: Pitcher Drinks

Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015

How to Make It

Step 1    Make the grapefruit syrup

In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to a jar, add the grapefruit zest and refrigerate overnight. Transfer the syrup to a blender, add the shiso and puree until smooth, 1 minute. Strain the syrup through cheesecloth into a jar; refrigerate until ready to use, up to 2 weeks.

Step 2    Make the punch

In a large pitcher, combine 4 ounces of the grapefruit syrup with the sake, green tea, elderflower liqueur, whisky, lemon juice, yuzu juice and bitters. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Fill the pitcher with ice and stir well. Pour the punch into 8 chilled rocks glasses or stemless wineglasses and garnish with the apricot, plum and ginger slices and smacked shiso leaves.

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