As you might have noticed, we’re champions of the cocktail party: the (currently) under appreciated, anachronistic American tradition of casual cocktails in the comfort of your living room, surrounded by people of your choosing.
A key to a great cocktail party is a crowd-pleasing welcome drink. So we’re going to give you our favorite. The Duchess of Earl Grey is particularly useful as a welcome cocktail because it is a batched punch. Your guests can arrive at their leisure, settle in, and say their hellos while helping themselves to their first drink. You can move on from there to more bespoke cocktails for round 2, once everyone is comfortable. An absolutely perfect drink for spring, this also happens to be our most requested cocktail recipe from events.
25oz (1 bottle) Shot Tower Gin
25oz Earl Grey Tea (fresh brewed)
6.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
2 cups white sugar
1 cup coconut palm sugar
Fresh nutmeg grated for garnish
First, peel the 8 limes, trying hard as you can to just get the peel, and not the white pith. Put the peels of the lime in a bowl with all the sugar and mash the peels into the sugar for about 5 minutes. Let the peels sit bruised in the sugar for at least 30 minutes and preferably an hour. Pour all the sugar with the peels into a container with all the other ingredients and mix together until the sugar is dissolved. Strain the mixture to remove the peels. Serve from a punch bowl over ice and grate fresh nutmeg on top.