Omnivore Books Punch Contest

Omnivore Books Punch Contest

The punch contest at Omnivore Books was lots of fun and a nice crowd showed up to taste-test.  There were 10 punch entries and I’m guessing 40-50 people showed up to drink punch.  At $5, it was a pretty good deal!  I decided to represent my home state and county (Monmouth County, NJ) with a Laird’s Applejack based punch.  Laird’s is America’s oldest native distillery and their recipe for Applejack was given to George Washington after he requested it.  They have a great product and history.  I was inspired in part by a classic applejack cocktail called the Applejack Rabbit, so I named my entry, Jersey Rabbit Punch.  I didn’t win, but a number of people told me that it was delicious, including Celia Sack, the owner of Omnivore Books, and the third-place winner told me that he voted for my punch, so hey, I’m holding my head high!

Jersey Rabbit Punch

The winner was a punch called “Mission Gutter Juice”.  The ingredients included Smirnoff Vodka, Fresca diet soda, Country Time Pink Lemonade powder, and Bud Light. They were also the only entrants that planned for a big crowd.  I thought I made a lot of punch, but after everyone else’s punch was gone, they were still mixing up new bowls for the crowd!  I’m guessing they’ve made this before…can you say party?

1st Place - Mission Gutter Juice

Mission Gutter Juice

The second-place winner was Jetsetter Punch.  It was a mixture of brandy, rum, cachaca, cava, green tea, and pineapple-nutmeg syrup.  Third place went to Kagetaka’s Grog, a persimmon vodka-based punch.  It was a fun time and frankly, I wish there were more punch contests in bookstores!

Kagetaka's Grog ingredient list

Jetsetter Punch

I was asked for the recipe for my entry, so here it is…enjoy!

Jersey Rabbit Punch

  • 6 cups Laird’s Applejack (About a 750 ml bottle and a half)
  • 1.5 cups Appleton Special Gold Jamaica Rum
  • 1 quart Odwalla fresh-pressed apple juice
  • 14 oz fresh-squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 6 oz Grade B pure maple syrup
  • 6 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • .5 oz Fee Bros. Whiskey Barrel Bitters
  • 1 750 ml bottle of Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider (chilled)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 ice ring with lemon and lime (or apple slices)

Mix first 7 ingredients and chill.  When ready to serve empty into a large punch bowl.  Add the bottle of sparkling apple cider and stir.  Add ice ring to punch and grate nutmeg over the top of punch.

Jersey Rabbit Punch a few minutes before it was all gone!

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  1. Kath,
    Thanks for bringing our family punch bowel back to life, I think it’s awesome you were in a punch contest and you are the winner to me. Recipe sounds dangerous, but delicious.
    Laura

  2. I got home today and found myself pining for some Jersey Rabbit Punch(!) Alas, the punch bowl was empty. (You really shoulda won at Omnivore 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m happy to spread the gospel of Applejack whenever I can. I had ordered some 7- and a half year old apple brandy from Laird’s to use in the punch (you can’t get it out here), but it arrived late. They just started selling the Laird’s 12-yr-old out here. You can find it at Bevmo. It’s a little spendy, but it makes a luxurious Jack Rose.

  3. Hi, I’m the third-place winner! I very belatedly remembered to check out your excellent website, and lo and behold, here’s an excellent writeup of the contest. Thanks for posting this!

    I still think your punch should’ve won, by the way.

  4. Oh you made the Jersey Rabbit Punch! I liked it.

    Great post!

    I reviewed the event here, but alas I did not have all the names like you did =)

    http://geekgirlonthestreet.com/2010/02/15/event-review-books-on-punch-the-omnivore-books-punchbowl-competition


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