Whiskey Barrel Punch

This punch has a bold rye whiskey edge mellowed by a blend of citrus, grenadine and a splash of sparkling wine for an easy-to-mix (and easy-to-drink) cocktail.

2 1/2 oz. superfine sugar
8 oz. fresh lemon juice
4 1/2 oz. grenadine (Tello uses Small Hand Foods)
375 ml. rye whiskey (Tello uses Russell Reserve 6-Year)
4 dashes Angostura bitters
Sparkling wine
Tools: pitcher, barspoon, punch bowl, ladle
Glass: Collins or punch
Garnish: fresh or brandied cherries (optional)

In a large pitcher, combine the sugar and lemon juice and stir until sugar has mostly dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients, except the sparkling wine, stir to combine and refrigerate until chilled. Pour over a large ice block into a punch bowl, ladle into ice-filled cups and top with sparkling wine, to taste. Garnish with cherries, if using.

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