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Champagne punch

Time 10 minutes
Yields Serves 10
Champagne punch
(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
1

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the lemon in lengthwise strips, avoiding the white pith. Reserve the fruit for another use. Place the lemon peel in a sturdy bowl and muddle with the sugar cube until the peels release their oil and the sugar becomes moist and fragrant.

2

In a shaker without ice, shake the lemon peel, sugar, cassis and elderflower liqueur. Strain into a chilled punch bowl over a large block of ice that has been frozen with raspberries and blackberries in it. Add the Champagne and garnish with raspberries and blackberries.

From Julie Reiner of Clover Club. To prepare ice that has been frozen with raspberries and blackberries: Fill a container that fits in your punch bowl with hot water. Add raspberries and blackberries for decoration and freeze.

Betty Hallock was the deputy Food editor, covering all things food and drink for the Saturday section and Daily Dish blog. She started at The Times in 2001 in the Business section and previously worked on the National desk at the Wall Street Journal in New York. She’s a graduate of UCLA and New York University.
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