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Book Club Traditions – Beaufort Book Bashers Kennedy Punch

Maybe she wore a pillbox hat. A tailored sheath. Gloves would’ve been appropriate, given her precious cargo.

Whatever she wore, when she showed up with a vat of white sangria, the Beaufort Book Bashers treated her with Camelot-like awe. Or they made fun of her with Kennedy-esque wit. Or they lubricated their book discussion with tequila-fueled hallucinations.

Her white sangria became the group’s Kennedy Punch. In impeccable Southern fashion, it’s usually served in a real punch bowl with a ladle, though after a couple of hits of this stuff, I wouldn’t be surprised if people just dunked their empty glass into the bowl for a refill.

Basher Carole Ingram was kind enough to share the recipe with me. I hope you’ll raise a glass in honor of the Beaufort Book Bashers at your next book club event.

Pillbox hat optional.


beaufort book bashers kennedy punch recipe


Yes. The handwritten ingredients go into the bowl right before serving. Imagine how much fun your book club (or any club, for that matter) could have with this recipe.


If you’re a member of a book club, this post is the first of a periodic series that will feature YOU. I’d love to chronicle the story of how your book club came to be. If you have a favorite book club recipe, I’d love to share it here. Any other off-the-wall traditions? Send those along, too.

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20 Comments Post a comment
  1. All that citrus soaked in tequila sounds delicious.

    July 10, 2014
  2. I can honestly say I have never belonged to, or even attended a meeting of, a book club. But if they serve drinks like this, I just might have to make a change.

    July 10, 2014
  3. Is that correct…just 2 cups of club soda? Well, sounds good, but you would find me on the floor after one and a half drinks (because I would attempt two), unable to read a sentence from a Dick and Jane book.

    July 10, 2014
  4. what a hoot! and being a kennedy myself….

    July 10, 2014
  5. I’m definitely making this for our next book club at the lake! I bet there are some real characters in this group!

    July 10, 2014
  6. Kir Piccini #

    sounds like my kind of book club! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    July 10, 2014
  7. Sounds delicious!!!!
    I used to be in a book club. Sadly all of the book clubs I attended have ceased to meet.

    July 10, 2014
  8. The nice thing about being into comics is every Wednesday is like a big book club, when the new issues come out and the store is full of people chatting about what they are reading. But there definitely is no punch! heh

    July 10, 2014
  9. How is it possible I’ve never thought of adding tequila to my sangria?? This is fantastic!

    July 10, 2014
  10. I’m making this for my August book club. We are reading The Goldfinch. Have you read it yet? It’s lengthy and I really must get started but, there are “so many books, so little time”!

    July 10, 2014
  11. Wow. Speaking of a happy vat…I will definitely give this a shot.

    July 10, 2014
  12. tarakianwarrior #

    Mmmmmm. Sounds delectable. However, I, like bikerchick above, would be on the floor, well, maybe not on the floor, but I’d be naked for sure…that’s what alcohol does to me which is why I rarely drink and why I never drink to excess…

    July 10, 2014
  13. hehehehe – we’d all be under the table before the second dunk in the punchbowl. What fun.

    I made a deliciously sinful artichoke dip each time I host our book group. Yum.

    July 10, 2014
  14. Hic!

    July 10, 2014
  15. Wow! This is freaky. I was just googling white sangria recipes before I came here. This one looks great. Ask and it’ll be given unto you!

    July 10, 2014
  16. Raising a glass to book clubs everywhere!

    July 10, 2014
  17. This recipe is now in my possession, Hee Haw! Though I prefer red, white sangria is also delicious. 🙂

    July 10, 2014
  18. I’d love to be invited to a book club where Kennedy Punch is served. Imagine how lively the conversations become before everyone nods off!

    July 11, 2014
  19. I’ve got to make this soon! Brandy is the secret ingredient in my red Sangria…

    July 13, 2014
  20. No need to wait for a book club meeting to try this out!

    July 14, 2014

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