A Knockout Bourbon Punch Recipe

Serves 25

The potent punch recipe from our October/November cover

photo: Jennifer Causey


  • Harry Ellis Commemorative Punch

    • 8 cinnamon sticks, toasted

    • 1 750ml bottle of bourbon

    • 8 oz. granulated sugar

    • 4 oz. ginger juice

    • 4 oz. lemon juice

    • 4 oz. unsweetened cranberry juice

    • 6 oz. Malmsey Madeira

    • 24 oz. sparkling or soda water

    • Fresh nutmeg

  • Garnishes

    • 2 bunches fresh mint

    • 2 12-oz. bags fresh cranberries


  1. Let cinnamon sticks sit overnight in bourbon. Strain. Stir sugar into the juices until completely dissolved. Pour juice/sugar blend, Madeira, and cinnamon-infused bourbon into a punch bowl and stir. Top with sparkling water and stir again. Grate a healthy amount of nutmeg—about a quarter of the whole—on top.

  2. To serve, pour 3 oz. over ice in a punch cup. Garnish with a cranberry and a sprig of mint.

Daily punch specials are a mainstay at District of Columbia speakeasy 2 Birds 1 Stone. Head barman Adam Bernbach mixed up this bourbon-based number just for Garden & Gun