Red Ryder Punch

Red Ryder Punch is a gin based cocktail with the flavor of tangy-tart hibiscus, and a hint of blueberry sweetness. Inspired by Ralphie’s iconic “official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time,” from A Christmas Story, it is a refreshing cocktail that packs a nice punch of flavor. If you drink it without a straw, there’s thankfully little risk of shooting your eye out.

Red Ryder Punch Recipe, Inspired by A Christmas Story

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz gin
2  Rishi Blueberry Hibiscus tea bags – Steeped in 1 cup of hot water for 2 hours*
1 oz rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
1 oz fresh lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Pour all ingredients over ice, stir and serve with rosemary garnish.
*Note: The tea for this cocktail needs to be over-steeped to get the maximum hibiscus and tannin from the tea bag. You’ll want this to sit for about 2 hours until it comes to room temp. This can be made up to a week in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Rosemary Simply Syrup Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4-6 fresh rosemary springs
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Bring all ingredients to a boil until sugar is dissolved.
2. Remove from heat and allow to steep/cool.
3. Strain to remove the rosemary.
This can be made up to a week in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
Bake a batch of Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies to enjoy while watching the movie.
Recipe by Justin Matase / Story and Styling by Star Laliberte / Photography by Laura Petrilla

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