It’s Friday … Have a Drink: Doctors’ Orders

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It’s Friday … Have a Drink: Doctors’ Orders
Our weekly recommendation.

It’s been six months since I started my nightly cocktail blog, a project which spawned this series of articles. Response has been pretty great, and people seem to be enjoying trying out the new drinks. I’m hearing about it here, and on Twitter, and over at the blog. That’s pretty cool!

So let’s celebrate with a big ol’ glass of punch. This is a recipe I originally created for a friend, who was commemorating – with his wife, family, and friends – the end of his residency and start as an actual doctor. They collaborated with my wife to come up with the name, which is fantastic. Short, memorable, and a good pun. Plus they’re both PhD’s, so it makes sense.

The punch is a delicious, sparkling mix of fruit, amaretto, and rum flavors. It’s complex to make, but that’s part of the appeal of punches, and for the full-size recipe, most of it can be done in advance. I’ve included recipes both for a single serving (which uses juice and skips a few ingredients, to stay semi-manageable), and a big batch of it. Enjoy!

Single Serving

Squeeze the lime wedge into a cocktail shaker and then drop it in. Add the rest of the ingredients and a generous helping of ice, and shake thoroughly. Strain into a hurricane glass filled with ice, top with sparkling wine while stirring gently, and garnish with Luxardo maraschino cherries and an orange slice.

Eight-plus Servings

  • 6 oz. amaretto
  • 4.5 oz. Golden Rum
  • 2 oz. Cherry Brandy
  • 3 Valencia or Other Juice Oranges
  • 2 Peaches
  • 12 Fresh Cherries
  • 1/2 Small Lime
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Mint
  • .25 oz. Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 Bottle of Sparkling Wine

I recommend a food processor, here. Squeeze the lime into it and discard the skin. Then add the rest of the fruit, along with the bitters, the mint, and the cherry brandy. Process until it’s all pulpy (you can also do this with a muddler in a large bowl). Let sit in the fridge for at least an hour, or overnight if you can. Add the amaretto and rum, stir thoroughly, and strain into a large punch bowl — a mixing bowl will also work. Add the bottle of champagne, stirring gently. Serve over ice in rocks glasses or punch glasses, garnished with an orange slice and a Luxardo maraschino cherry.

This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts.

Christopher Buecheler

Christopher Buecheler is a novelist, a web developer, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer, a guitarist, a drummer, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic life with his wife and two cats, currently residing in Providence, RI. You can learn more at his website,