The Perfect Watching-the-Games Beverage: The Junior League Stump Lifter

Winter sports, like the Super Bowl and figure skating, just beg for a good watching party.

Over here, we had a little watching party of our own last month, complete with indulgent foods, bite-sized desserts, and a couple big pitchers of Junior League Stump Lifter.

Now, the Junior League Stump Lifter is my classed-up take on a Southern punch recipe from the Junior League of Hampton Roads, Virginia. It’s lemony, refreshing, lightly carbonated, and surprisingly boozy — perfect for getting your favorite prissy miss or mister to loosen up and cheer like their life depends on it.

Here’s how you make it:


JUNIOR LEAGUE STUMP LIFTER

makes one pitcher

INGREDIENTS:
One can of thawed lemon juice concentrate
One bottle of Bass or Harp
Water
12 oz. gin
One lemon
Ice

Junior League Stump Lifter

Once you’ve got your ingredients together, this punch comes together lightning fast.

Step One: Pour the concentrate into the pitcher.

Step One: Pour the concentrate into the pitcher.

Fill the empty concentrate can with gin, and pour that into the pitcher.

Fill the empty concentrate can with gin, and pour that into the pitcher.

Now fill the concentrate can with water and pour THAT into the pitcher.

Now fill the concentrate can with water and pour THAT into the pitcher.

Pour the bottle of beer into the pitcher.

Pour the bottle of beer into the pitcher.

Add ice to mostly fill the pitcher, then thinly slice one lemon and add the slices to the pitcher for a boost of fragrance and flavor.

Add ice to mostly fill the pitcher, then thinly slice one lemon and add the slices to the pitcher for a boost of fragrance and flavor.

Ta-da! Stump done been lifted.

Of course, always exercise common sense and caution when serving guests a beverage that is roughly half alcohol.

Here’s the rest of our game-day spread:

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