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The Friends With Benefits Cocktail

Courtesy Gabe Orta & Elad Zvi, The Broken Shaker, Miami

This punch recipe, adapted from Kat Odell’s soon-to-be released book, Day Drinking (Workman Publishing Co.), produces a mildly boozy, bubbly lemonade that employs rosé wine as a base and has a soft ginger undertone. It also uses Cocchi Americano, a bittersweet Italian apéritif wine made from a base of Moscato d’Asti wine fortified with brandy and flavored with bitter cinchona bark, citrus and spices.


4 cups ginger beer
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 bottle (750-ml) rosé wine
1 bottle (750-ml) Cocchi Aperitivo Americano
10 dashes grapefruit bitters
Lemon slices, for garnish
Assorted edible flowers, for garnish


Add all ingredients (except garnishes) to pitcher or punchbowl filled with ice. Stir together gently. Garnish with lemon wheels and edible flowers. Serves 4–6.