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Recipe: Holiday Persimmon Punch with Colleen

"If you've read any of my posts about how useful the sous vide method is for cocktail enthusiasts, you know that the equipment is way more simple than it sounds, and surprisingly affordable. As a bonus for small-space dwellers like myself, precision cookers take up hardly any space in your kitchen -- I keep mine in a drawer, then pair it with this stockpot from Tuxton Home, which has a sous vide port built right into the lid. " - Colleen J.

Persimmon Punch 3

Persimmon Punch


1 batch serves 4-6

  • 6 oz gin
  • 1 fuyu persimmon, roughly chopped into 1/4 inch pieces)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 inch piece of vanilla bean (or 1/2 tsp vanilla)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 8 oz sparkling wine
  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed/strained lemon juice
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed/strained grapefruit juice
  • 4 dashes angostura bitters

(1) Infuse the gin: Set your precision cooker to 145 degrees. Combine the gin, persimmon, cinnamon, and vanilla in a ziplock bag, then seal using the "water displacement method" -- submerge the bag slowly into a pot filled with water, letting out as much air as possible as you slide it into the water, creating a vacuum effect. Seal the bag and clip it to the side of the pot, or stabilize with a rack. Let cook for 2 hours, then remove and immediately submerge in an ice bath. Strain with a fine mesh strainer and set aside.

(2) In a small, freezer-chilled punch bowl, combine the sugar and a splash of the champagne. Muddle until the sugar is almost completely dissolved. Add extra large ice cubes and the remaining ingredients. Stir until well chilled, then ladle into punch glasses and serve immediately.

All image and original recipe: The Inspired Home