Southern Blues Punch

Recipe by Christian Armando Guillen


  • 2 oz Balcones Baby Blue Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Ancho Reyes Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Chicha Morada Cordial*
  • 1/4 oz. Ginger Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice

*Chicha Morada Cordial

Peruvian non-alcoholic beverage. Similar to an “agua fresca”.

Essentially a tea made with purple corn, cinnamon, cloves, pineapple, and sugar. Here, it is reduced down and sweetened to a syrup consistency and used as a sweetening agent.


  1. Pour all ingredients into a shaker, and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over crushed ice. Sprinkle chili Piquin salt over the top and adorn with pineapple leaves and a dehydrated lime.
  2. Place the cocktail into a Jicaro (wooden vessel used to drink alcoholic beverages in the Southern part of Mexico) with crushed ice to keep overall cocktail cold. Garnish with edible flowers.

Garnish: Pineapple leaves, edible flowers, chili Piquin salt, dehydrated lime, Jicaro

Glassware: Rocks Glass

Cocktail Inspiration:

Every single cocktail has its own story; whether it’s a classic or a modern creation. This was not the exception. Every time we, as passionate bartenders, try to connect the matching dots for what could be a memorable experience. Flavor…such a loaded word which can contain not only remarks that are tangible to one’s palate, but also involves history.

In this occasion, the word “South” was a contributing factor to developing this recipe. I blended two concepts into one considering my cultural background being from South America (Peru), paying homage to not only a beautiful spirit which has the strength of the Southern Texan pride, its well rounded complexity taking a humble ingredient such as blue corn and its ability to adapt with other flavors and still stand out.

Throughout the years I’ve learned in flesh that the Latin American culture gathers the same characteristics, strength, adaptation, creativity, and perseverance. Two amazing cultural approaches combined into one expression.

Every single ingredient works in harmony with each other highlighting both Southern beliefs with similar tones, but only one jamming voice as the base, Balcones and its Blues Punch.