The Weekend Cocktail: Russian Spring Punch for the Academy Awards

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY

It is Oscar weekend and a wonderful excuse to celebrate filmmaking with friends and family. Usually I like to serve beer, wine, champagne and one fun signature cocktail. This year I chose the Russian Spring Punch by famed English mixologist Dick Bradsell who has been a benevolent tutor to many of London’s top bartenders and opened many of London’s top bars (The Player, 6 Degrees and Match to name a few). It is tasty, fun and festive and really compliments the menu that I created for  my Back to The Kitchen recipes this past Monday.

To give it some award-winning flair, I rim the glasses with gold sugar. You can even take Wolfgang Puck’s lead and buy real edible gold and rim the glasses like he does for the stars at the Governors Ball: www.ediblegold.com. Either way have some fun as we celebrate creativity!

Russian Spring Punch

2 ounces vodka

1 ounce raspberry liqueur

1-ounce black currant liqueur

1 ounce lemon juice

2 ounces raspberry puree

1-ounce simple syrup

4 ounces Champagne

Rim 2 highball glasses with gold sugar. Pour all ingredients except the champagne over ice and mix well with bar spoon. Top with the champagne and garnish with fresh raspberries. A great non-alcoholic version is to mix together 1-ounce simple syrup, 2 ounces raspberry puree and top with bubbly water.

Gwen Kenneally is the owner of Back to the Kitchen, Full Service Catering and Party Planning. Check out her website and blog www.Backtothekitchen.net

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