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Swamp Water Punch

Swamp Water Punch 12.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Apr 28, 2017

This is a delicious and intriguing fusion of sweet, summery pineapple and funky, herbal Chartreuse. Some recipes are a little more heavy with the booze-to-juice proportions; we’ve trimmed this one back to highlight the juice and make for a light, tart summer sip.

Fresh pineapple juice is best; even if you have to use a bottled/canned variety, you may want to run it through a fine-mesh strainer to eliminate the pulp. If you have blue curacao on hand and want a drink that looks especially tropical, consider adding an ounce or two to punch up the color; if you don’t have it, skip it.


When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

Tested size: 12 servings

  • 4 1/2 cups pineapple juice, preferably fresh (see headnote)
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice (from 4 limes)
  • 1 3/4 cups green Chartreuse
  • 2 to 3 ounces blue curaçao (optional; see headnote)
  • Large ice cubes
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish


Combine the pineapple juice, lime juice, Chartreuse and the curacao (to taste), if using, in a large pitcher, stirring to blend well.

Add the large cubes of ice; once the punch is chilled, stir it again.

Serve in ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with mint sprigs.

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Adapted from “Cocktails: The Bartender’s Bible,” by Simon Difford (Firefly Books, 2013).

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 170

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 26g 9%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 23g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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