The Pig’s Punch – a perfect holiday cocktail to serve with pork.

Pig's Punch

Here’s a drink to whet your whistle from Lucy Carnaghi, a bartender at Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Some folks think a family is lucky if it includes a doctor or lawyer in the brood. Maybe so, but I feel lucky that my son’s dating Lucy, who made this special drink to kick off our holiday festivities.

Muddle apples.

“I call this drink – and a variation I serve as the drink of the month at the Roadhouse – ‘The Pig’s Punch’…after my dog Piggy, and because I think it goes well with most pork dishes,” says Lucy. “You could also call it ‘The Pig’s Punch No. 2’ if you like.”

Lucy is also a poet; check out her website, The Hungry Pony. Sip this fine cocktail while reading her musings, and savor a slice of Roast Pork with Rosemary and Garlic,which requires only 5 minutes of preparation before you tuck it in the oven.

Note: I purchased the alcohol from Stadium Market. Accoutrements, such as a muddle, are also available there. Unfiltered apple juice is available at many grocery stores; I purchased some from Hillers.

Recipe: Piggy’s Punch


  • 1 ounce unfiltered apple juice or 4 slices of and sweet varieties of apple, muddled until nearly pulverized.*
  • 4 sage leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 ounces Bulliet Rye (or any rye whiskey)
  • 1/2 ounce Benedictine
  • 4-5 splashes Orange Bitters (Reagan’s Orange preferred)
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup, optional


  1. If muddling the apples (*note that this is time-consuming if making more than two drinks at a time), muddle with the sage in the bottom of the shaker, then build the whiskey, benedictine, bitters, lemon juice and simple syrup, if using, over it. Otherwise, simply muddle sage in bottom of shaker, then build the drink using cider instead of muddled apples.
  2. Shake hard with ice, then strain into chilled cocktail glasses or coupes.
  3. Garnish with remaining sage leaves, by slapping each leaf between the palms of your hands, once, to express the oils (and to impress your bar guests!)

Time if muddling apples: 15 minutes

Time if using apple cider: 7 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 1 drink

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