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Aug 2, 2013 10:22 AM

Bourbon Punch for the Summer

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good bourbon based punch recipe that would go well with laying by the pool in the hot Florida sun?

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  1. The Ward Eight from the Commanding General of Maxwel Air Force Base.

    6 parts bourbon
    2 parts orange juice
    2 parts lemon juice
    1/2 part grenadine

    Shake with hard ice and strain into an insulated glass.

    Extra points for an umbrella with a cherry.

    Three of these in the sun and you will be ready for admission to Ward 8.

    6 Replies

      Thanks! You can't go wrong with bourbon and citrus...

      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

        Out of curiosity, what does the Ward 8 have to do with "Commanding General of Maxwel Air Force Base"

        Also what do you mean by "admission to Ward 8"?

        1. re: JMF

          I highly recommend the book or movie "Capt. Newman, M.D."

          Ward 8 in a military hospital at the time was for psychiatric patients. And this drink was the submission to the cookbook by the Commanding General.

          Can you imagine the uproar today if a General recommended an alcoholic drink?

          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            Oh, ok, from a book. I was wondering because the Ward 8 cocktail is associated with Boston and refers to the voting district called Ward 8.

            1. re: JMF

              I just googled Ward 8 to verify my supposition and got nailed by your reality. Thank you so much for correcting my egregious error. And in such a gentle manner.

              I really do thank you.

              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                OK, you had me laughing. Me? In a "gentle manner"? I guess all the warning letters from the Moderators over the past dozen years are finally having an effect.

      2. Not punch, and I haven't tried it yet, but a nice lady in the supermarket shared a recipe as we were both reaching for tonic yesterday--the BLT!

        Bourbon, lemon and tonic. Sounds good to me! :)