Pronounced "gun-ole," a Gunwhale is the upper edge of a ship's or boat's side. It's a perfect cocktail to come out of The Drink, a Williamsburg bar with a nautical vibe. The punch has the rich woodiness of bourbon without the tell-tale kick, so it's a little dangerous.
- Yield:Serves 10, plus extra chamomile syrup
- For the chamomile syrup:
- 8 ounces water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons dried chamomile, or 2 chamomile tea bags (be sure to use high quality chamomile)
- For the punch
- 10 ounces bourbon
- 8 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- 6 ounces chamomile syrup
- 1 bar spoon Bittermen's spiced cranberry bitters
If using loose chamomile, place on a double thick square of cheesecloth. Secure with twine. Place the sack, or teabags, in a small saucepan with the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and let cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit until it reaches room temperature.
Combine bourbon, grapefruit juice, chamomile syrup, and bitters in a punch bowl. Add ice to the bowl and serve over additional ice.