We made the mistake of not sharing with you the cocktail we made at our last party– and we promised ourselves that this oversight wouldn’t happen again. With that oath in mind, we proudly present “The Long Hello”, a perfectly autumnal cocktail that we stumbled across online not too long ago and knew instantly that we needed to try for ourselves. We made it as a punch–and we’re not ashamed to admit that we’re now known in the neighborhood as “the folks that make the really strong punch”–so the quantities shown below should serve a crowd. Which shouldn’t be too hard to wrangle up, since word of how tasty this drink is tends to spread rather quickly. (Just ask our neighbors.)

The Long Hello

-1 ¾ c Apple Brandy

-1 c St. Germaine

-10 dashes bitters (Fee Brothers’ Whiskey Barrel-Aged recommended, but we used Peychaud’s in a pinch)

-1 bottle champagne

Mix all ingredients together in a large punch bowl that’s been chilled ahead of time. If you’re feeling fancy, freeze apple slices overnight and float in the punch for garnish.

Enjoy, folks!