The easiest ever cocktail to serve a crowd.

Photo by Yossy Arefi.

In my forthcoming book, Modern Potluck, some of the recipes involve a bit of effort. My theory is, if you’re going to only make one dish, it should be a good one, and sometimes, good things take time. There are a few gems for the laziest or busiest of times, and this drink is one of them. Many of the cocktails in the book require citrus squeezing or making an infusion. This one merely requires you to slice some limes and cucumbers and mix a few things together. For the simple syrup, you can make a big batch to refrigerate for potluck emergencies, or simply substitute agave nectar.

The result is the type of cocktail that’s the perfect blend of sweet and tart. It’s also immensely refreshing and dangerously easy to drink. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Riesling Punch with Gin, Cucumber and Lime
 
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This pitcher drink is immensely refreshing and easy to make, with no citrus squeezing required. For a crowd, you can easily double or triple the quantities and serve it in a punch bowl or one of those multi-gallon drink canisters. Recipe from Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016).
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Serves: 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 1 (750-ML) bottle dry Riesling
  • ¼ cup gin
  • ¼ cup simple syrup (see Note)
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber (2 to 3 ounces), thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine, gin, simple syrup, and sliced lime and cucumber. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour. Add 1 cup of ice cubes and serve in ice-filled glasses.
  2. NOTE. To make simple syrup, combine ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in a pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 1 month.
  3. POTLUCK PREP. The Riesling, gin, and simple syrup can be combined and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Add the lime and cucumber within 4 hours of serving.

 

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