buggy whip punch


i received this refreshing recipe at a cocktail workshop a little over a year ago. the original recipe has been lost, however i wrote down the recipe in my cocktail journal and here is my adaptation of the Buggy Whip Punch. 


  • 12 oz gin
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 32 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 lemons and 6oz of fresh lemon juice from said lemons
  • 16 oz soda water
  • 1/2 C sugar



  • muddler
  • peeler
  • knife
  • measuring cups
  • large bowl



peel the lemons (i prefer long strips so i peel the lemons length wise). in a large bowl marry together the lemon peels and sugar. muddle together, stir occasionally to make sure all is incorporated. let muddled rinds and sugar rest for 20 minutes, this is what serves as a punch base, it is called oleo-sacchrum (essentially macerating the lemon oils). while our punch base is is resting; pluck mint leaves, wash and dry. slice the remaining half of the cucumber into wheels, reserve for garnish later. 

Next, add diced cucumbers and mint leaves to the rested punch base; gently muddle and stir together until combined. to this bowl add gin and lemon juice. stir until sugar dissolves. you may strain, i prefer not to. cover and cool in fridge until ready to serve (aka party time).

In a punch bowl or serving pitcher add ice and soda water. Ladle punch into cups, you may skip adding the bruised leaves, peel and cucumber however I like it with the drink snacks. garnish with remaining cucumber wheels and mint leaves. be responsible and taste test along the way!