Dazzle Your Dinner Guests with This Easy Whiskey Punch Recipe

Calling all lemon lovers.

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"Punch and parties are synonymous. It requires some preparation, but never overexertion," says Shae Minnillo, a bartender at Manolito in New Orleans, of his creation. "This recipe is intended to be enjoyed by party guests while allowing the host to prep the hard parts in advance and then coast through the rest so they can enjoy themselves, too." This Whiskey Lemon Punch recipe is strong enough to fuel a party but balanced enough to drink with dinner.

Whiskey Lemon Punch

Bitter, Savory


  • 3 cups Whiskey
  • 2 cups Hibiscus Tea
  • ½ cup Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup Walnut Liqueur
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • Lemon Peels


Step one

In a large bowl, combine sugar and lemon peels. Rub or muddle these together to create what is known as oleo-saccharum to release the oils of the lemon peels into the sugar; this will create a greater depth of flavor than just the juice of a lemon. Let this infuse for at least 30 minutes.

Step two

Dissolve the sugar with warm tea.

Step three

Add whiskey, lemon juice, and walnut liqueur. Stir to fold all elements together.

Step four

It is recommended to cover and chill the bowl of punch overnight and then add a large block of ice once the party has started. Because punch is a large-format drink, you do not want to over dilute too quickly. Simply take a household item, such as Tupperware, to freeze large blocks of ice. This will keep the punch cold without melting immediately.

Step five

Garnish with freshly cut lemon wheels.

Recipe provided by Shae Minnillo