Citrus Bourbon Punch on Mid-week Mixers with Bette Lee Crosby

citrus bourbon punch mid-week mixersWe’re back with a new drink recipe that Naomi from The Pub and Grub Forum looked up just for Midweek Mixers. The weather is warming up where I’m at so serving this as a slushy or on the rocks will be perfect for a Sunday brunch. What is your perfect Sunday brunch drink?

Adapted: Sweet Magnolias Margarita Nights

I love having punches for brunch or an early lunches. They are so much better than doing mixed drinks and there is just something fun about them. Not being a huge whiskey fan, I was a bit apprehensive when I first came across this recipe. My opportunity came when I was looking for different drinks for Bette Lee Crosby’s Midweek Mixers. Bette is a host of many a brunch so I saw this fitting in beautifully with her Southern luncheons. I had originally found this recipe in The Sweet Magnolia’s Cookbook by Sherryl Woods.

The original recipe made a gallon of this punch. A bit too much for this cook so I cut it in half. For ease, I am going to do the full recipe. If desired, the punch can be made and frozen. Also, the original recipe called for it to be frozen. Not into slushies, I served it “on the rocks.” Ms. Woods also suggested taming it down with lemon-lime soda if the strength of the drink didn’t rock your socks off. I found it unnecessary. If you want to be respectful for your guests…simply serve it on the side.

So, here we go!

8 cups water, divided
4 tea bags
1 cup light brown sugar
1 (12 oz) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 (6 oz) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 cups bourbon (cheap is fine here)

1) Bring 2 cups water to a boil and add tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes and remove bags.
2) Place remaining ingredients in a very large (gallon sized pitcher) or punch bowl. Stir until blended.
3) Add tea and place in refrigerator until well chilled.
4) Serve with plenty of ice and mint to garnish.
5) If a slushy is desired, cover and freeze containers for several hours. Stir every hour with a fork until slushied!

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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