Wednesday night, I held the inaugural Creativity + Cocktails at my studio in Kansas City. I won’t gush too much about it, but it was amazing and everyone was so supportive and inspiring, and Robin Krause of Unbakery and Juicery not only brought amazing ginger bites — she’s a badass boss lady who taught me so much about running a business in one night. You see, I don’t know much about the operations or financial aspects of running a company; I’m more the scatterbrained creative type who has fabulous ideas, never opens my mail, and hates talking about money. But I can put together a mean cocktail, and for this event I made my Pretty Pink Party Punch — a willy nilly concoction I never make the same way twice.
The basics are always the same, of course: Combine a shitton of bourbon with about as much ruby-red grapefruit juice and a fuckload of ginger beer, then top it off with (comparatively) a little bit of Angostura bitters.
Anyway, in preparation for the event, I bought two handles of cheap bourbon, three big things of ruby-red grapefruit juice, and three four-packs of ginger beer. I chilled everything overnight, and on Wednesday, I started putting together the cocktail by emptying both handles of bourbon into my drink dispenser. Every. Last. Drop. Then I added ruby-red grapefruit juice until the dispenser looked a little full (a bottle and a half in), and topped it off with ginger beer (eight cans) until everything almost reached the top. I finished with Angostura bitters to taste (a lot of aggressive shakes) and it was perfect. In fact, the only complaint I got was that it was too strong. SHUT UP. THAT’S NOT A THING.
I posted it on Instagram and then people started asking me for ratios. SHUT UP. THAT’S NOT A THING, EITHER. Okay, I know it is, and because I love you, I played with it again last night to deliver this recipe-that’s-not-really-a-recipe to you. After doing some really fucking confusing math — on paper! — (ounces and liters times this and divided by this and plus this and fuck that) I figured out that the only real difference between the ratios I give below and what I made on Wednesday night is that the OG version actually had more bourbon than anything else. Oops. Sorry. Maybe it was a little strong.
And in certain light, it’s possible this Pretty Pink Party Punch is a little more peach-y than pink-y, but “pretty pink” sounds better than “pretty peach.” Just deal with it. It’s pretty either way. And after a few drinks, will you really even give a shit?
Pretty Pink Party Punch
1 part bourbon
1 part ruby-red grapefruit juice
1 part ginger beer
Add the bourbon, ruby-red grapefruit juice, and ginger beer to a punch bowl and stir. Add the Angostura bitters to taste, then stir again. Serve over ice.
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