Level of Difficulty
Serves 6

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a black comedy starring Michael Keaton. Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton)is a washed-up Hollywood actor famous for playing the superhero Birdman in blockbuster movies decades earlier. Riggan is tormented by his faded success since Birdman and attempts to reinvent his career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway play.

This cocktail is inspired by Keaton’s character’s struggle to take flight much like the kiwi, a flightless bird. “Punch” is a pun on the many hits he takes both literally and physically as he tries to revive his career.

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2 cups kiwi, peeled and diced
12 mint leaves, divided
2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 limes, juiced
2 cups high quality vodka
2 cups tonic water (or coconut flavored sparkling water)
ice cubes
1 kiwi, thinly sliced for garnish


  • 1. In a pitcher, combine diced kiwis, mint leaves, sugar, and ½ lime juiced.

    2. Muddle the contents until fully combined.

    3. Fill the pitcher with ice and top off with vodka and tonic water.

    4. Stir, garnish each old fashioned glass with a kiwi slice and serve.