Sneak This Whiskey Punch into the Park

June 15, 2015

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Today: Hot? Sweaty? Drink some whiskey punch and you'll stop complaining.

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With it’s stereotypical lack of ceremony, the city of New York has transitioned between its two seasons, from Ice Tundra Vortex to Hot Sticky Garbage Pit of Fire. Though the calendar has yet to catch up, the millions of us melting on the subway platform and wedging A.C. units into our windows know that we are squarely in the throes of summer. 

Salvation for concrete jungle animals everywhere comes in the form of little pockets of fresh air, courtesy of the urban planning gods of yore: city parks. New York has its fair share of smaller ones (I log miles around Stuyvesant Square during workweek iced coffee breaks) in addition to the behemoths, which means you’re never too far from a shady flowerbed or a grassy knoll. Parks allow you to forget, for however brief a time, the hectic world around you; especially if you can’t see the traffic for the trees, it’s easy to resolve to never go home. 

As the secret weapon in your survival kit for never leaving the park, I present to you whiskey punch. It’s basically a sparkly Arnold Palmer—except honey-spiked and with whiskey instead of tea. A big plastic jug of this (plus some plastic cups and a bag of ice) should be a picnic prerequisite— refreshing, sweet in the good way, and light enough to have a few over the course of the afternoon. 

I promise that with a cup full of whiskey punch, the heat won’t seem so bad.

Whiskey Punch

Serves 12

For the honey simple syrup:

1 1/2 cups honey (an entire 12-ounce plastic bear)
1 1/2 cups water

For the punch:

1/4 cup honey simple syrup
4 cups lemonade
3 cups whiskey
4 cups club soda
Lemon slices and ice, for serving

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Photo by Bobbi Lin

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J. R. April 15, 2016
A 12 0z honey bear is only one cup of honey. Honey measures differently than other ingredients.
Jane A. June 19, 2015
ugg.. I haven't had a drink in 15 do i make honey simple syrup?
Daniel T. July 7, 2015
Stick the water and honey in a pot. Bring it to a boil/simmer, until the honey has sufficiently dissolved. Sounds like you make a lot more than you need. I was thinking about using a half cup of each, instead.
LittleFrier June 15, 2015
Any tips on making this drink kid friendly? What is the best replacement on the whiskey?
jonakocht June 15, 2015
Janet M. April 15, 2016
You can make fizzy lemonade by adding club soda instead of tap water to frozen lemonade--add some strawberries and/or mint leaves--the kids will be as delighted as the adults