Let’s admit it, we all love punches. Whether on a hot summer’s day, or at a grand Christmas dinner, a punch is irreplaceable. But, how many of us know that the punch dates back to the 17th century? British sailors would often pour themselves a drink of rum, lemon and spices to satiate their thirst. Later, different variations of the same concoction became synonymous with celebrations. Some would give the alcohol a miss, some would use a variety of different spirits. But, what’s a holiday season party without some punch? And, what’s a fun party without some spiked punch?

This cocktail recipe takes a simple, citrusy punch and shoots it several notches higher by adding a dash of whiskey. Here’s a punch with an Irish twist. Jameson Irish whiskey works really well in this concoction as its fruitiness complements the tangy flavor of the punch. So, roll up your sleeves and mix some Irish Whiskey Green Tea Punch. It’s easy-breezy and can be made in advance, so that you don’t have to sweat it out during the party. Could it be more appealing? Read on to find out how to make some and wow your guests for the next party

The Process

Take a big glass bowl and pour five cups freshly brewed green tea in it. Stir in ½ a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 cup of ginger ale, ½ a cup of honey, 1 ½ cups of Jameson Irish whiskey. Sprinkle fresh mint leaves on top before serving.

The best part of the recipe is, the ingredients can be adjusted according to your taste. So, go wild and splash in some more whiskey if you wish to. Have some fun while sipping on your next glass of punch.

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