For New York City bartender Damon Boelte, punch will always be associated with church, where on holidays like Easter there was always a bright bowl of punch in the Parish Hall after service. Punch at his Oklahoma church meant a combo of sherbet and ginger ale—the sort of mixture that undoubtedly turned small children into demons. But Boelte remembers savoring it as a kid and admits that the memory of it is so strong that, as a grown man, if he saw a bowl of ginger ale and sherbet he’d “fucking attack it.” This is his more sensible, adult version of that parish hall classic— a summery mix of grapefruit-infused sugar, Basque cider, ginger beer, amontillado, seltzer, and Old Tom gin.
Reprinted with permission from Sherry by Talia Baiocchi, copyright © 2014. Photo by Ed Anderson © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.