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Ask Bob Peters of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Punch Room – And Think Back to Recess, Playgrounds and Summers by the Pool

CHARLOTTE, NC. June 21, 2016 – With vacation season finally here and fun and games in mind, The Punch Room has rolled out a new summer cocktail menu inspired by the pastimes of childhood.

The limited-edition libations are designed to turn cocktail hour into play time, and the new drinks range from a sparkling sake Marco…Polo to a Red Rover-Red Rover crafted with gin and fresh watermelon -- to a Mother May I? made with fresh mint harvested from The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte rooftop mixology garden.

“Cocktails can be serious business, but I never forget that they’re also fun,” said Bob Peters, head mixologist for The Punch Room. “Naming these new drinks after the joys of summer makes it that much more inspiring to mix them – and to taste them.”

Playground temptations at The Punch Room include:


Mother May I?
Gin, ginger kombucha, lemon, mint syrup


Ghost in the Graveyard
Milagro Tequila, muddled lemon, Galliano

Sharks & Minnows
Queen Charlotte Reserve Rum, muddled lime wedge, Campari, raspberry simple syrup

Marco Polo
Fernet Branca, Cointreau, Zipang Sparkling Sake, apricot simple syrup

Duck Duck Titos
Tito’s Vodka, fresh strawberries, Yellow Chartreuse, Prosecco

Red Rover - Red Rover
Cardinal Gin, muddled fresh watermelon, fresh lime, salted basil simple syrup

Hop Scotch
Monkey Shoulder, fresh grapefruit, honey hop syrup, egg

King of The Mountain
Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, muddled blackberries, Licor 43, ginger honey syrup

Red Light, Green Light
Bols Barrel Aged Genever, fresh lime, Green Chartreuse, Fair Game Ferris wine

Located on the 15th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte at 201 East Trade Street, The Punch Room is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. While reservations are not accepted for the 37-seat Punch Room, early arrivals may queue for Friday and Saturday admittance in the Uptown hotel’s Lobby Lounge -- with a select portion of each evening’s seating reserved for registered guests of the hotel.