“Hey, quick question…”

I’m sure this happens to you all the time. A friend hosts a party. A week before, you get a text: “Hey – what alcohol should I buy for my party? There are X people coming.”

Oye. It’s a tough question because there is literally no right answer. Will there be beer and wine as well? Do you live close to public transportation? What do you have already? What are your preferences?

This recently happened to us, and we took it as an opportunity to simplify. Rather than suggesting the hosts splurge on a whole new home bar, we offered to bring a pitcher of a crowd-pleasing cocktail. They didn’t have to buy any booze, and we didn’t have to bring a birthday present. Win win!


This drink needed to be:

  • Crowd-pleasing for folks who are not in the “craft cocktail” crowd
  • Easy to transport
  • Possible to serve in a drink dispenser (for simplicity)

After a bit of brainstorming, this cocktail was the result. A bit fancier than your average punch cocktail recipe, we used oleo saccharum to add flavor and sweetness. (But to be honest, I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary – I think Chris just wanted to play with his vacuum sealer!)


The punch was a hit! We did have to warn people though – it’s boozier than it tastes! (A good problem to have, in my opinion.)