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Palin's Christmas Punch

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Palin Christmas Punch Cocktail - Martin Miller's Gin

Palin Christmas Punch

Photo Credit: © Shannon Graham

All punches are not created equal and this recipe proves it. Sam Ross has created a spectacular gin punch here and I had my first taste of it at a reception hosted by Martin Miller's at the 2009 Tales of the Cocktail.

There is a lot going on in this punch and the combination of Martin Miller's Westbourne, absinthe, Zirbenz, and champagne is fantastic and has a soft, aromatic quality to it. Not one of the ingredients stands out from the others, instead they are wonderfully balanced. This is a punch that, while it takes a bit of work, is worth it and you'll impress even the most finicky of guests.

Yield: 1 Punchbowl



  1. Muddle the peel of two lemons with a little sugar to extract the oils.
  2. Pour all ingredients (except Champagne) into a pitcher and stir briefly with ice.
  3. Strain into a large punch bowl.
  4. Top with Champagne.
  5. Float lemon ice.
  6. Stir and serve in punch cups with absinthe dates.

*Demerara Date Syrup:

Stir 2 parts dermerara sugar into 1 part water. Drop a bag of crushed dates in and leave for three days. Strain through a coffee filter to eliminate the sediment.

**Lemon ice:

Drop lemon wheels into a small plastic container filled with water and place in the freezer until frozen.

***Absinthe Dates:

With an eye dropper, drop 3-4 drops of absinthe into the top of a date.

Recipe Courtesy: Sam Ross for Martin Miller's Gin

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 5 out of 5
Sophisticated And Jolly, Member Fireballsmile

This punch will be in our family for years to come - I know it. It was amazing. The flavors together, are so perfectly complimented. Though it takes a bit of getting together and prep, it is worth every moment. Our drink selections at our party revolved around this punch. I'm back for the ingredient list again this year and rounding each bottle up to have at least enough to make two recipes. Thank you so much for this recipe.

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