Question: What do you get when you mix a little Ole Smoky Hunch Punch moonshine with some fresh, muddled strawberries and lime?
Answer: A flavorful summertime cocktail that’s great for sipping on the patio, by the bar, or at your table at your nearest Wings and Rings location.
While we’re all about the wings, in the summer (okay, let’s face it — any time of year) we’re also all about the cocktails. When you’re in the mood for a refreshing drink during a hot summer day, nothing beats a tasty, cooling, rewarding cocktail from our extensive bar menu.
While our cocktail menu is great all on its own, we think it’s fun to add in some special drinks throughout the year that complement our limited time food offerings. To that end, our mixologists work tirelessly concocting, tasting, and exploring the world of spirits to bring you easy drinking cocktails you’ll want to order all season long.
Why the Strawberry Spiked Punch Cocktail?
With so many ways to craft a cocktail, how do we go about choosing the perfect flavor blend to complement our summer menu? According to menu manager Becky Millay, the answer lies in finding the perfect balance of fun and flavor. “We wanted a fun, fresh, punch-style cocktail for the summer and the Ole Smoky Hunch Punch has a unique flavor that fits what we were looking for,” Millay says. “It’s perfect for sipping on the patio.”
Once the cocktail is crafted, it is added to the menu at select locations to be taste-tested by those who know best: our customers. For Millay, the real fruit and perfect blend of light and sweet is what really drew her to the drink. “I love the fresh strawberries and the fact that it’s easy to drink and not too sweet, just the right mix. I also love cocktails that make me feel like enjoying all the summer sunshine and this punch does just that,” she says.
Our test customers agreed — the cocktail was so tasty, fruity, and perfectly balanced that we added it to the menu for the summer.
What to Eat with the Strawberry Spiked Punch Cocktail?
When you head to your favorite Wings and Rings to try our newest summer cocktail, be sure to come hungry. Our limited time offer, sweet-and-spicy summer menu pairs perfectly with all of our drinks, but especially this strawberry-infused moonshine cocktail.
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Ringer. Nothing tastes quite like it! Our house beer battered fried chicken breast is dusted with Marco’s Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub, then topped with a sweet-heat slaw featuring cabbage, tortilla strips, cilantro, and candied pecans. This delicious ringer is served atop a toasted brioche bun with a dollop of spicy mayo and your choice of a side.
Marco’s Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub Wings. Marco, the manager at our Kings Mills, Ohio, location won our 2021 dry rub contest by creating what’s now known as his signature sweet and spicy dry rub that complements our wings so well, we had to put it on the menu. Order the dry rub on boneless or traditional wings or even on our vegetarian cauliflower offering.
“[The Strawberry Spiked Punch Cocktail] really does go great with our new Sweet and Spicy Marco’s Dry rub on your favorite wings,” Millay says. “There’s something great about that thirst-quenching sweetness paired with the sweet and spicy dry rub.”
Strawberry Shortcake Funnel Fries. These aren’t your typical side of fries! Our funnel cake fries are topped with fresh strawberries, powdered sugar, and whipped cream and are just perfect for sharing.
If you can’t get to a Wings and Rings, consider trying your hand at crafting these 5 game day drinks at home. And don’t forget about our extensive catering menu options for all your summertime soiree needs!