Sometimes, in a really good drink, a fruit can become a better version of itself. In this joyous punch from Brian Means of Pacific Cocktail Haven in San Francisco, strawberries get juicier and their subtle floral flavors are escalated when paired with chamomile and basil. Serrano chiles add a low buzzing heat that builds to a hot finish—if you’re sensitive, use just two slices. This recipe uses about half a bottle of bubbles, leaving you extra to serve undoctored if you buy a full 750 milliliters. If you prefer to get through the bottle, double the batch and serve it in a gallon-size pitcher.
Reprinted with permission from Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion by Maggie Hoffman, copyright © 2019. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Photography copyright: Kelly Puleio © 2019