Tom Macy, 30, is the head bartender at the Brooklyn cocktail mecca, Clover Club, one of the first bars to revive the punch. Macy’s Scarlet Lady punch has strong fall flavors with the red wine, cinnamon, and nutmeg, but the citrus and St. Germain keep it light, bright and refreshing. “It’s nice that it takes a little bit of time to craft” he says. “Kind of like the ritual of making food is part of the fun of Thanksgiving, not just consuming it.
The Tip: The ice doesn’t just keep punch cold. As it melts, it dilutes the drink—and that’s a good thing. Punches are supposed to be lighter and lower in alcohol than a cocktail. The idea, Clover Club owner Julie Reiner says, is “you can drink the punch for a lengthy period of time and have multiple glasses without getting wasted.”