The flavors of this fizzy punch are reminiscent of a classic Negroni cocktail. For a little effervescence and sweetness, bubbly Italian red wine is stirred into a mix of citrusy Aperol, herbal Punt e Mes, and gin. Serve this easy-to-make punch as an apéritif for your guests to sip on at your next dinner party.
What to buy: Aperol is a slightly bitter Italian spirit that has flavors of orange and rhubarb. It can be found in high-end liquor stores.
Punt e Mes is a classic red vermouth from Piedmont, Italy. The original secret recipe from 1870 is a balance of bitter and sweet. Try it in a Negroni or a Manhattan in place of the sweet vermouth.
Brachetto d’Acqui is an Italian red wine produced in the Piedmont region that is effervescent with a slightly sweet flavor.
Game plan: You can make the punch base through step 1 and chill it up to 8 hours ahead. Transfer it to a punch bowl and add the Brachetto when you’re ready to serve.