Five-Spice Bourbon Punch Recipe

A bourbon cocktail that's great for warmer days. Elana Lepkowski

Why It Works

  • Using whole spices to make the five-spice syrup makes for a richer flavor than using a powder—and it's also easier to strain!
  • The club soda loosens up the syrup and balances the richness of the whiskey in this drink.

Five-spice syrup amps up the flavor in this refreshing bourbon pitcher cocktail.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Serves: 4 servings

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For the Five-Spice Syrup:

  • 1 teaspoon whole Sichuan peppercorns

  • 1 whole star anise pod

  • 1 (6-inch) cinnamon stick or 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks

  • 5 whole cloves

  • 1 teaspoon whole fennel seed

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

For the Cocktails:

  • 6 ounces bourbon, such as 4 Roses Yellow Label

  • 3 ounces Five-Spice Syrup

  • 2 ounces fresh juice from 2 to 3 limes

  • 8 ounces club soda

  • Lime wedges for garnish


  1. For the Five-Spice Syrup: Toast Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, cloves, and fennel in a dry medium skillet over medium heat, tossing and stirring frequently until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cinnamon stick, sugar, and water and place over medium high heat. Cook, stirring, until just starting to boil. Cover and remove from heat. Let rest for 2 hours. Strain into an airtight container. Five-spice syrup last up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

  2. For the Cocktails: In a pitcher, combine bourbon, 3 ounces Five-spice syrup, and lime juice. Stir well. Add club soda and stir gently. To serve, fill rocks glasses with ice, pour in 4 3/4 ounces of the cocktail and top with lime wedges.

Special equipment

Strainer, airtight container, medium saucepan, pitcher

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
172 Calories
0g Fat
22g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 172
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 24mg 119%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 101mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)