Christmas Holiday Punch? Have a Festive New York Drink!

Dec 22, 2015 06:20 AM EST | By J. Navarra


Are you planning on having some punch on Christmas Eve or maybe this coming New Year's? Drop the canned fruit juice stuff and take a gander at Bemelman's Carlyle Punch.

It's a far stretch from the plastic glass bowl looking punch you have years ago. And don't even think that it's just orange, lemon and cranberry juice laced with vodka being ladled into red cups. No, ladies and gentlemen, that's not what's meant in this post.

It's the real thing. The Carlyle punch from Bemelmans Bar from the Upper East Side (did you just say Upper East Side like the way they do in Gossip Girls? If you did, it's okay!).

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The well-established New York institution presents the delicious punch in a very delicate crystal bowl, in the Carlyle hotel itself.

It's quite a snazzy place to celebrate a household-made or college party drink. The hotel has great lighting with men in suits and jazz music. 

The bartender, Lori Bodinizzo had this to say about the punch for adults:

I think the Carlyle Punch is the perfect drink for the festive season.

The secret ingredient, he reveals, is the St. Germain - it gives the drink its character.

It's the perfect party buzzer and you can pair it with your choice of Christmas savory treats.

And to share the festivities from their hotel to your home, Bodinizzo shares the ingredients right below for you to take notes:

  • 1 ounce Southern Comfort 
  • 1 ounce raspberry vodka 
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice 
  • 1 ounce lime juice 
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice 
  • 3/4 ounce St. Germain 
  • 1/2 ounce X-Rated passion fruit vodka 
  • 2 to 3 dashes of bitters, your choice

When you've gathered all the ingredients, just shake over some ice and top it with a splash of champagne and garnish with orange slices and cranberries, as shared online.

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