Lemon is one of those juice that just goes down so easily, especially on a hot day with friends. So why not use lemon as a base for punch? That’s exactly what we have done with this number. Think mildly boozy, bubbly adult lemonade with a soft earl grey undertone. Since this is a punch, you can use an ice ring to freeze a large block of ice; otherwise standard cubes work, too (I like to freeze fruit and herb in the ice). Whatever you choose, good luck drinking just one glass!
How to make Lemon Ice ring/ wheels?
We start by laying down the lemon at the base of the mold. (We use the cake mold for this recipes.) Add in 1/10 of water, slightly cover the lemon. Leave it in the freezer for 20 minutes. Take it out from the freeze, spread the rosemary and leave the ice in the freezer overnight.
You can also prepare it ahead!
Too much to prepare for the dinner, you can prepare this punch ahead and save some time. Syrup and tea can be made 3 days ahead; cover separately and chill. Punch can be made 1 day ahead; cover and chill.
¼ cup loose Earl Grey tea or 4 bags
½ cup honey
4 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs rosemary, plus more for garnish
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1½ cups bourbon
1 teaspoon orange or regular bitters
Ice ring and lemon wheels (for serving)
Combine tea and 1¼ cups boiling water in a heatproof bowl. Let steep 5 minutes, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a measuring glass (you should have 1 cup). Let cool.
Meanwhile, bring honey, thyme, 2 rosemary sprigs, and ½ cup water to a gentle simmer over medium heat, stirring to combine. Let cool; discard herbs.
Combine tea, honey syrup, lemon juice, bourbon, and bitters in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Add 2 cups ice and stir until ice is melted and punch is very cold. Serve punch in tumblers filled with ice, garnished with rosemary sprigs and lemon wheels.