Happy Lunar New Year everybody! We’re celebrating Chinese New Year and this festive time by serving up a spiced-up punch! We’re going to make exciting flavors with the infusion of Chinese Five Spice into a simple syrup, which is easy to accomplish, but the complexity of its flavor will be a unique addition not only to this night of celebration, but to a handful of future cocktail creations!
This rum punch is tropical, yet zesty. Aromatic flavors of star anise and fennel seed pop along the spiced notes of the rum, while the introduction of Szechuan peppercorns found in this spice blend give an unexpected vibrancy that works incredibly well with the heat of ginger cordial. While this might seem like an overwhelming combination of flavors, this punch is uplifting and well balanced – perfect for the holiday at hand.
Try serving this punch with a mix and match of China cups for a fun play of pattern. You can even turn this cocktail into a big batch punch for larger gatherings. Whether you try this spiced syrup with rum or bourbon, for Chinese New Year or any other upcoming occasion, this punch is guaranteed to explode with festive flavors!
Wishing you all good fortune and happiness in the New Year. Cheers!