Feeling Punchy: Picon Punch – Nevada

Picon Punch is an old libation with a long history in the Silver State. We’ve talked before about how the Basque people — those from a region in Europe about the size of Rhode Island that includes both

Picon Punch

Spain and France — immigrated to Nevada and other parts of the west during the mid-nineteenth century. Many of them were sheepherders and they set up boardinghouses across the state as way-stations for themselves. The boardinghouses that remain are now restaurants and the Picon Punch is a product of those establishments. Some lament the drink used to be better when Amer Picon was available in the United States (alas, it is only available France) so we used Torani Amer which is a common substitution. Having no frame of reference for what used-to-be, we enjoyed the caramel, orange and brandy flavors of this cocktail.

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Picon Punch

  • Servings: 1 drink
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 ½ ounces Torani Amer
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce brandy
  • Crushed ice
  • 1-2 ounces club soda
  • Lemon twist

Instructions

Mix Torani Amer, grenadine, and brandy in a cocktail shaker. Add crushed ice to glass. Pour brandy mixture over ice. Top with club soda and a lemon twist.

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8 thoughts on “Feeling Punchy: Picon Punch – Nevada”

  1. I’m sitting here a little melty on the sofa in the late afternoon Kat– not quite hot enough to nudge me to turn on the air conditioning (I’m a cheapskate)– All that to say, this looks super delicious! Wish I had the ingredients on hand! — We lived in southern Spain and drank similar sangria-ish drinks there on those hot hot summers. Delicious post Kat! Stay cool! xo

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