Deep in its heart, the Gin Bucket probably always wanted to be a nice cocktail. Typically though, it is a pre-ball Cinderella of grapefruit soda sloshing around in an industrial bucket, siphoned out with a turkey baster and injected into the waiting mouth of a pregaming college student. But remove the bucket and the turkey baster and you realize that what you’re left with is basically just a bubbly punch that is endlessly adaptable to your tastes and whims.
This Gin Bucket gets its bubbles not from a two liter of soda pop, but from sparkling wine, giving an additional boozy kick to the already substantial amount of gin. Fresh lime juice and honey syrup complete a simple, but well-balanced drink. If you want to be traditional about it, you can still serve this out of a bucket (and even with a turkey baster), but if the party you’re planning is more refined than rager, cups and a punch bowl will work just as well.
- 1 750 ml bottle Sparkling Wine
- .5 750 ml bottle Dry Gin
- 1.5 cups Honey Syrup
- 1.5 cups Lime Juice
- Lime Wheels
Dump all ingredients into a large bucket and stir.
Add ice until it’s cold and you’re satisfied
Contributed by Supercall
Mix It Up!
For everyone still working on bridging the gap between college and adulthood, there’s no reason to stop with Gin Buckets when it comes to drinking upgrades. If you’re looking for more ways to gussy up old college favorites, try this super tasty Jungle Juice, this high-end Long Island Iced Tea or any number of classy Jello Shots (because you can never have enough Jello Shots)