Brandied Rye and Apple Punch [Cocktail Recipe]

“This punch allows the subdued acidity of the apple to shine through with balanced depth and effervescence of the sparkling wine, while Canadian rye adds subtle floral qualities,” says its creator Frankie Solarik, co-owner of BarChef in Toronto.

Prep for a Party: More Whisky Punches


  • 4 oz. brandy
  • 6 oz. Canadian rye
  • 2 oz. Montenegro amaro
  • 12 oz. apple juice
  • 10 oz. sparkling wine
  • 6 oz. star anise syrup (recipe below)
  • Garnish: raspberries, grated cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, and 3 apple wheels


Place all ingredients except sparkling wine in large punch bowl. Add large cubed ice and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with raspberries, grated cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, and apple wheels. Serve in cocktail or rocks glasses. Serves 6-8.

Star Anise Syrup

  • 2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup star anise

Place all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and let simmer 15 minutes. Fine strain into an airtight container. Keep refrigerated for up to a week.

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