You may know actor Kyle MacLachlan from his roles as the squarely Upper East Side husband to Sex & the City’s Charlotte, Portlandia’s wacky mayor or – our favorite – the creepily cheery Agent Cooper of David Lynch’s 90s cult hit Twin Peaks.
MacLachlan is also a wine lover – and a wine producer. In Walla Walla, Washington, he works with Dunham Cellars to craft two wines, Pursued by Bear and Baby Bear. This fall, we joined MacLachlan in Washington for a potluck Thanksgiving feast, where his favorite local farmers, chefs and a mixologist each brought their favorite family recipes. This week, we’d love to introduce you to some of these characters, and to share their recipes. To read the full story, download our Fall Entertaining Catalog. – Ed.
Local bar owner Jim German brought a celebration punch—a cheery bowl of gin, citrus and hibiscus with a generous Cava floater. “At his bar, Jim crafts these incredible elixirs. He’s like a wizard,” says Kyle. A big bowl of these colorful cocktails keeps revelers occupied and giddy as the bird roasts.
Citrus-Spice Celebration Punch
2 tablespoons cloves
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
6 whole star anise pods
2 bottles of dry Cava or sparkling wine, very cold
1 cup gin
1 cup hibiscus syrup*
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 six-inch square piece of cheesecloth and kitchen twine
Large punch bowl
- Place cloves, peppercorns and star anise in the center of the cheesecloth. Gather the edges together and tie with a piece of kitchen twine.
- Rinse oranges and lemons, quarter or cut into sixths, and slice into thin wedges.
- Combine gin, hibiscus syrup, orange, lemon and spices. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.
- To serve, discard spices. Toss the marinated fruit with pomegranate seeds in a big festive punch bowl, and top with sparkling wine.
* To make hisbiscus syrup, rehydrate 3-5 dried hibiscus flowers by pouring over 1¼ cups of boiling water and cover. When the flowers have become tender and given up their color and flavor, about 10 minutes, strain. Reheat infused water, and stir in 1 cup sugar until dissolved. Reserve flowers as a garnish for the punch, or for another purpose, steeping in the leftover syrup.