Little Drummer Boy Punch Recipe

Little Drummer Boy Punch Recipe
Little Drummer Boy Christmas Punch

Armando Rosario

Little Drummer Boy Christmas Punch

Just in time for the holidays, a crowd-pleasing 12 Days of Christmas-inspired spiced punch.


1 750-mililiter bottle of Bluecoat American Gin

8 ounces Vieux Carré Absinthe

8 ounces fresh lemon juice

1/4 pound powdered 10X sugar

16 ounce fresh juiced cranberries

32 ounces fresh apple cider

6 cardamom pods, toasted

2 star anise, toasted

10 dashes Fee Brothers cranberry bitters

10 dashes Angostura bitters

32 ounces sparkling water

Mint sprigs, for garnish


In a large bowl, whisk together gin, absinthe, sugar, and lemon juice until the sugar has dissolved.

Add cranberry juice, apple cider, cardamom, star anise, cranberry, and bitters, and stir together.

Just before serving, add the sparkling water and mint sprigs.

Rum Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Rum Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.