Making homemade flavored vodka takes only a little effort but produces impressive results. The pear-spiked liquor can be stored at room temperature for up to two months, but needs at least two weeks to infuse the fruit's flavor, so plan ahead.
Back when merchant ships plied the waters between California and South America, Peruvian pisco brandy found favor in bars all over San Francisco, where pisco punch and pisco sours were served day and night.Nowhere was pisco punch more revered than at a saloon called the Bank Exchange, whose tight-lipped owner took the recipe to his grave in 1926. There it stayed until an enterprising historian reconstructed the drink in the 1970s."I have a theory it is compounded of the shavings of cherubs' wings, the glory of a tropical dawn, the red clouds of sunset and fragments of lost epics by dead masters," Rudyard Kipling wrote after sampling the punch in 1889.
Pisco punch was wildly popular at a saloon called the Bank Exchange, whose tight-lipped owner took the recipe to his grave in 1926. There it stayed until an enterprising historian reconstructed the heavenly drink in the 1970s.
Desmond Young, a 50-year-veteran bartender at Jamaica's Strawberry Hill resort, uses two kinds of rum in his signature drink -- a dark variety and a potent white rum that, at 126 proof, adds a real kick to this cocktail.
The addition of sparkling champagne makes this sweet-tart punch from Locanda Verde bartender Naren Young the perfect centerpiece for a holiday bar. Pomegranate seeds and rose petals provide a festive finishing touch.
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