Saturday, June 07, 2014

Emeril Lagasse: Champagne Punch

For my sister's baby shower, she only had one real request.  She wanted Champagne punch.  Now, what a pregnant woman wants with Champagne punch, I don't know, but anyone who has been around pregnant women knows better than to argue with them.  And they also know they had better find the best darn Champagne punch recipe there is.

Luckily, Emeril came to my rescue again.  I swear, the man has the best recipes.  And how could this not be fabulous?  Look at that liquor list!  This goes down so smoothly, it's almost magic.

Champagne Punch
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse

1⅓ cups fresh lemon juice
1 cup superfine sugar
½ cup Grand Marnier
½ cup Triple Sec
½ cup cognac
½ cup fresh orange juice
2 bottles chilled dry Champagne or sparkling wine
Orange or lemon slices

Combine the lemon juice, sugar, Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, cognac, and orange juice in a non-reactive bowl and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the Champagne and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Pour into a decorative bowl or pitcher. Garnish with orange or lemon slices. Serve in Champagne flutes, wine glasses, or punch cups.

Makes 12 to 16 servings

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