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The old one two

The old one two
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

If you’re the sort of person who appreciates flowers and a thoughtful gesture on Valentine’s Day, a punch bowl for two could be the perfect start to a romantic evening. Or maybe Valentine’s Day is just another Hallmark holiday, and ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes | Makes about 1 ½ quarts
  • 40 blackberries, plus extra berries for garnish
  • 7 ½ ounces superfine sugar
  • 7 ½ ounces lemon juice, from about 3 large lemons
  • 7 ½ ounces VS cognac
  • 20 ounces Brut sparkling wine or Champagne
  • Lemon wheels, for garnish

Step 1In a blender, combine the 40 blackberries, sugar and lemon juice and purée. Strain, removing any seeds and particles.

Step 2Place the purée with the cognac and ice in a large cocktail shaker and shake to chill for about 30 seconds.

Step 3Pour the mixture into a punch bowl and add ice. Top with sparkling wine, use a ladle to lightly stir, and garnish with plenty of blackberries and lemon wheels. Serve immediately.

Note: Adapted from a recipe from Spare Room at the Roosevelt Hotel

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