Snow Peony Punch

By • November 8, 2011 • 5 Comments



Author Notes: This is a very light, refreshing punch offering a bouquet of coconut, ginger, and lychee that is punctuated with a lively peony garnish made of canned lychee and gari (sushi ginger). This recipe serves 2, but can easily be scaled up for larger parties. JWC

Food52 Review: JWC's Snow Peony Punch is a light refreshing punch with a beautiful garnish. The garnish takes some finesse -- I found that cutting a small slice into the lychee and attaching the sushi ginger to that helped to hold it in place. Now I'm planning to add this peony garnish to our platters this holiday. We tried using different kinds of ginger ale and preferred a lighter version like Seagram's to Canada Dry or Vernor's. We also experimented with adding a little alcohol. Vanilla vodka would be good but we didn't have that. We did have Kinky, a blood orange-passionfruit vodka that gave the punch a delightful pink blush -- and a nice kick!lorigoldsby

Serves 2

Punch

  • 1 cup Coconut water (not coconut cream or coconut milk)
  • 1/2 cup Ginger ale (diet ginger ale can be used)
  • 1/4 cup Syrup from 1 can of lychees

Garnish

  • 1/2 cup Very finely flaked coconut (not shredded coconut)
  • 5 Lychees (canned), drained and patted dry
  • Gari (sushi ginger), drained and patted dry
  1. To make punch: Mix together coconut water, ginger ale, and lychee syrup in a small pitcher. Stir well. Pour into rimmed glasses. Add garnish. If desired, sprinkle additional coconut over the top of the drinks.
  2. To rim glasses: Wipe the rims of glasses using one lychee. Place flaked coconut on a plate or shallow dish and then roll the rims of the glasses in the coconut (as you would rim a glass with salt).
  3. To make peony garnish: Make small cuts from the open top of a lychee to nearly the bottom, to create separable petals without cutting all the way through. Set aside. Take one whole lychee and stuff the center with 1-2 pieces of gari. Wrap additional leaves of gari around the outside of the lychee. Place gari-wrapped lychee inside the cut lychee. Secure entire peony using a cocktail pick.

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over 2 years ago ssc

I am trying to vote, WHERE?????? It says the contest is closed? And awaiting results?? Tell me where to vote!!!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

There's no voting yet. The editors are testing the punch recipes and will announce 2 finalist recipes later this week. Once the finalists are announce you may vote for one.

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over 2 years ago ssc

Awesome combination!!! Super creative and tasty!!! The best new invented drink of 2011.

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Love lychee & your other flavors. Cool garnish!

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over 2 years ago JWC

Thank you for your kind comment, Hardlikearmour!