Mother's Ruin Punch


Classicist bartenders have resurrected the centuries-old ritual of the formal punch service. Here, Philip Ward of New York's Death & Co. makes a potent concoction named after the old British slang for gin. More Party Punch Recipes

Mother's Ruin Punch
Photo: © Quentin Bacon
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup chilled club soda

  • 1 1/2 cups gin

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh grapefruit juice, plus 3 thinly sliced grapefruit wheels, for garnish

  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 3/4 cup sweet vermouth

  • 2 1/4 cups chilled Champagne or sparkling wine

  • Ice


  1. In a large pitcher, stir the sugar with the club soda until dissolved. Stir in the gin, grapefruit and lemon juices and sweet vermouth and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

  2. Transfer the punch to a large bowl. Gently stir in the Champagne and float the grapefruit wheels on top. Serve in punch glasses over ice.

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