Punch is a Southern staple with a long history—from Martha Washington to the Chatham Artillery, it seems that nearly every household and social group has their own recipe. For beverage director Patrick Kish of Charleston, South Carolina barbecue joint Swig & Swine, using crowd-pleasing Cheerwine for their house recipe was a no-brainer. "I wanted to make a punch-style drink that would be a long-lasting favorite for everybody,” Kish says. Along with Cheerwine, Kish adds Sierra Mist, sparkling wine and strawberry moonshine to create an approachable punch that pairs just as well with smoked meats as it does with a lazy summer afternoon.
Swine Wine Punch
1 750-mL bottle Firefly Strawberry Moonshine
1 750-mL bottle sparkling wine
1 L Cheerwine
12 oz Sierra Mist (or any citrus soda)
2 oranges cut into wedges, for garnish
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
- Add all ingredients, save for the garnishes, to a punch bowl with a large block of ice.
- Serve in punch cups filled with crushed ice, and garnished with orange wedges and maraschino cherries.