St. Charles Punch
Courtesy Matt Ray, beverage director, Ace Hotel New Orleans, New Orleans
An homage to Port’s long history in the American cocktail landscape, Ray offers a variation on St. Charles Punch, a classic Port-based New Orleans cocktail. “[It’s] a staple on all of our menus in all of our restaurants,” he says. “I think it’s one of the best cocktails to come out of New Orleans. It’s a delicious [version of the] Sour, and it’s simple: just Port, lemon juice, simple syrup and high-proof brandy.”
- 1½ ounces ruby Port
- ¾ ounce brandy
- ¾ ounce lemon juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
In mixing glass filled with ice, add ingredients and shake well. Strain into rocks glass with crushed ice. Garnish with seasonal fruit, if desired.