Painful Punch might be just the beverage you are searching for. Watching your figure? This gluten free and vegan recipe has 315 calories, 1g of protein, and 0g of fat per serving. This recipe serves 24. If you have cinnamon sticks, simple syrup, orange juice, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes roughly 45 minutes.
PLACE the nutmeg pods in a cloth napkin and break them into pieces with a hammer or other blunt object.
Combine the nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon in a large stainless steel saucepan over medium heat. Follow the instructions on page 20 to toast the spices until aromatic, about 5 minutes.
Add the juices and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the mixture is reduced by one-third, about 30 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat and strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer or chinois into a container large enough to hold all of the punch. Discard the spices.
Add the wine, Cognac, and rum, and stir well.
Add the simple syrup 1 cup at a time until the tannins are tamed.
Add the orange slices, cover the container, and place in the refrigerator to chill. To serve, transfer the mixture to a large glass punch bowl with a ladle.
Serve the ice on the side.
Reprinted with permission from Artisanal Cocktails: Drinks Inspired by the Seasons from the Bar at Cyrus by Scott Beattie, (C) © 2008 Ten Speed PressA native of San Francisco, Scott Beattie tended bar at Postrio, Azie, and Napa Valley's Martini House before being handpicked to shape the cocktail program at Cyrus Restaurant in Healdsburg, California, deep in Sonoma wine country. He has been profiled in Gourmet, GQ Food & Wine, San Francisco Chronicle, and Bon Appétit, among other publications. Scott lives in Healdsburg.