Conquistador Holiday Punch

Conquistador-2BPunch_Stu-2BPhoto_ND10Bartender Dan Searing, who once hosted a weekly punch club in Washington, D.C., created this recipe as a contrast to the dark, spicy drinks common during winter. Light, bright and a bit nutty, we love it’s unique take on the flavors of the season, and your guests will, too.

750 ml. bottle reposado tequila
375 ml. bottle Pedro Ximenez sherry
1 ½ cups fresh lime juice (12-13 limes)
1 ½ cups clementine juice (12-13 clementines)
8 ½ oz. clementine zest syrup
Ice block
Tools: pitcher, large spoon
Glass: punch
Garnish: clementine wheels and peels

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, adding clementine syrup last and to taste. Chill thoroughly. When ready to serve, place ice block in a punch bowl and pour punch over. Float clementine slices in the punch and garnish each serving with small coins of clementine peel gently squeezed over the glass.

Makes approximately 18 servings.

To make the clementine zest syrup: Use a microplane grater to remove the zest from the two clementines. Add zest to 8 ½ ounces of cold simple syrup (1:1). Cover and refrigerated overnight or up to 24 hours. Strain out the zest and keep the syrup refrigerated.

Dan Searing, Washington D.C.