St. Charles Punch

A red drink in a rocks class wtih crushed ice and an orange slice
Photo by Meg Baggott / Styling by Julia Lea

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.”

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  • 1½ ounces ruby Port
  • Âľ ounce brandy
  • Âľ 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.

Published on April 7, 2019