The Friends With Benefits Cocktail

Put out a large batch of this delightful rosé punch for your next brunch gathering and making friends will be the least of your worries.
Photo by Meg Baggott

Courtesy Gabe Orta & Elad Zvi, The Broken Shaker, Miami

This punch recipe, adapted from Kat Odell’s soon-to-be released book, Day Drinking (Workman Publishing Co.), produces a mildly boozy, bubbly lemonade that employs rosé wine as a base and has a soft ginger undertone. It also uses Cocchi Americano, a bittersweet Italian apéritif wine made from a base of Moscato d’Asti wine fortified with brandy and flavored with bitter cinchona bark, citrus and spices.

Four Brunch Cocktails to Wake Up Your Weekend
  • 4 cups ginger beer
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bottle (750-ml) rosé wine
  • 1 bottle (750-ml) Cocchi Aperitivo Americano
  • 10 dashes grapefruit bitters
  • Lemon slices, for garnish
  • Assorted edible flowers, for garnish

Add all ingredients (except garnishes) to pitcher or punchbowl filled with ice. Stir together gently. Garnish with lemon wheels and edible flowers. Serves 4–6.

Published on April 14, 2017
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Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email:

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