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Punxsatawney Punch

from the Ledge Rock Grille kitchen

Front of House Manager

Recently, I went down a rabbit hole, or groundhog burrow, if you will, trying to figure out a cocktail special for Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages. I felt a little uninspired, it’s winter and cold, and quarantine just really hasn’t lit the creative fire. The only mildly interesting thing happening was Groundhog Day on February 2nd. So, I googled. After an hour and too many clicks to count, I learned that old Punxsatwaney Phil has the secret to everlasting life. Humans have been looking for it for centuries, and here this old mangy groundhog has been keeping it all to himself this whole time.

Legend has it that due to a secret “For Phil’s Eyes Only” recipe, Phil has been adding SEVEN YEARS to his life each year upon sipping his elixir of life after emerging and checking to see if his shadow had appeared.

Imagine my delight and surprise when I discover that not only is immortality achievable, but you can choose to stop at any point, AND it’s a cocktail? Sign me up. Unfortunately for me, this Phil guy is the only one with the recipe, and he’s not sharing. Fortunately for you and me, we have the time and resources to keep trying different concoctions until one fills us with everlasting life.

Cheers! And good luck to you in your own searches for youth and immortality.

I’ve shared my first recipe with you all, now we wait and see if it worked! I think just in case, I will keep trying…

About the cocktail

Vikre’s Voyageur Aquavit works really well in this application. It is aged in cognac barrels. It adds some depth and complexity to the drink.

Frangelico adds a nice touch of sweetness and richness that balances the lime and fruit. Falernum would be great as well.


1.5 oz Vikre Voyageur Aquavit
1 oz Bailoni Apricot Liqueur
.5 oz Frangelico
.5 oz Lime Juice
Amarena Cherry for Garnish


Combine all the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake! Strain into your glass of choice and enjoy. Repeat.

*If you can’t find Bailoni Apricot Liqueur, you could substitute any stone fruit liqueur for a similar effect, or really any fruit liqueur you like.

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