3⁄4 oz Cognac
1⁄2 oz Swedish Punsch
1⁄2 oz Apricot liqueur
1 twst Orange peel (As garnish)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with an orange twist.


When I was looking through my drink database, I spied Tony Iamunno's Butterfly Sting with its Punt e Mes-Swedish punsch combination and wanted to improve on it. I recalled the Swedish punsch-apricot liqueur combination that I first discovered in the Havana Cocktail and then the apricot-Punt e Mes duo found in the Slope. Thus, I set my Muhammed Ali tribute riff in motion. For a spirit base, I split things up with a funky Jamaican rum and a rich Cognac, and for a name, I opted for the Handcuffed Lightning from Ali's quote, "I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick."

Cocktail summary
Picture of Handcuffed Lightning
FRy 2021
Posted by yarm on 1/12/2022
Created by
Frederic Yarm, Boston, MA
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