The apricot sunray is a variation of two popular punch recipes, the sangria and Champagne punch. As in both of those, there is a lot going on in this drink, and every ingredient is special on its own.
The recipe was created to showcase Hennessy Black. This great Cognac offers hints of jasmine, daffodils, and orange flowers among its flavorings, and the Chandon Brut is a wonderful dry sparkling wine to pair with it. Those are accented beautifully by the apricot and blood orange ingredients as well as lemons and brandied cherries.
This is an impressive punch that will please any crowd, offering a unique taste that is sure to get noticed. The recipe's also large enough for a nice-sized party so no one will go thirsty.
- 1/2 750 ml bottle Cognac (Hennessy Black)
- 1 750 ml bottle sparkling wine (Chandon Brut)
- 24 ounces apricot liqueur (Orchard)
- 12 ounces apricot nectar (Kern's)
- 12 ounces lemon juice (fresh)
- 32 ounces blood orange juice (fresh)
- 15–20 apricot slices
- 5 thinly sliced lemons
- 1 blood orange (halved, thinly sliced)
- 12 brandied cherries
Gather the ingredients.
In a large punch bowl or pitcher, add all of the ingredients and stir with ice.
Serve and enjoy.
- This is a very large punch recipe, so it's great for big parties. If you estimate that each drink will be about a 4-ounce serving, then you will have enough for about 29 people. That is, of course, assuming everyone sticks to a single drink.
- Like sangrias, all these fresh fruits mean that you can mix it up the evening before and let the flavors really develop. Don't pour the wine or add ice until you're ready to serve.
- Apricot nectar is relatively easy to find. Look for it in the juice aisle at your local grocer.
- You can buy brandied cherries from a number of online and brick-and-mortar store.
- If you score a bunch of cherries when they're in season, think about making your own brandied cherries—it's an easy project.
- Generally, apricot and blood orange seasons do not coincide: Apricots tend to be a summer fruit and blood oranges are a winter fruit. If you can't find both simultaneously, you will need to make do with the fresh fruit available (the liquid ingredients should be available year-round). Navel oranges can replace blood oranges in the summer, and you can use canned apricots in the middle of winter.
- Though Hennessy Black is the recommended Cognac, any brandy will work out just fine in this punch. It is a nice touch, but not completely necessary, so don't worry if you can't find it at the liquor store.
How Strong Is an Apricot Sunray?
The apricot sunray may have a number of alcoholic ingredients, but the mixers bring it down to a pleasant punch strength. When made with the recommended brands, it weighs around 12 percent ABV (24 proof), which is equivalent to the average wine.