Shawn Soole
February 12, 2007

Cocktail: Drunk Punch Love This lovely creation comes about thanks to my chef being a bored one day. He had made some sugar syrup and decided to infuse some with a mixture of spices. We had a vanilla, star anise, mint and Turkish delight flavoured sugar syrup. I literally felt like a kid in a candy shop, I didn’t know what to do with all these choices. All my boys behind the bar started playing with the syrups and came up with some successful and not so successful concoctions. This experiment with syrups really opened up what you can and can’t do with your cocktails.

Working on the basic principles of cocktail making – strong, weak, sweet and sour. Strong being the alcohol, weak being the mixer and sweet and sour being self explanatory. Always be looking for that new flavour, use flavoured sugar syrup, maple or golden syrup instead of using plain sugar syrup.

Drunk Punch Love is one of the better experiments but very hard sell. Not one of my favourites but notable all the same. It is pretty simple but uses difficult ingredients, well worth a try though.

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Absinthe
  • 8 Thai Basil Leaves
  • 1/4 oz Star Anise Sugar Syrup
  • White Cranberry & Strawberry Juice
  • Muddle Thai Basil leaves; salt, pepper & sugar syrup in a Boston glass till it’s a course paste. Add other ingredients, shake and pour over crushed ice in an old fashion glass.Drunk Punch Love Cocktail