Party Punch. What’s So Special About That?

As the weather warms and the heart of wedding season looms there’s one constant connector between the two. And that’s the appearance of punch at the party! Now we all know there’s a range in punch from the non-alcohol to the spiked imbibing with a kick!

We think this Art Deco punch bowl and these vintage coupes from Audrey Would! are the perfect party punch mix!

A 1940s vintage punch bowl in pretty purple. Made of blown glass and perfect for a special gathering of friends!

But did you know…

Punch pre-dates the cocktail? Why yes, it’s true! And in fact it’s so true that it goes back three centuries prior to the cocktail debut! Punch was first created in the 16th Century by British Soldiers stationed in India, while the first evidence of a cocktail albeit sans alcohol made its entrance in the early 19th Century. Who knew?

What’s so special about punch? I mean, we all grew up with it and have seen it at different occasions and gatherings, and with almost any combination of ingredients you can imagine.

This vintage Indiana Glass punch set from Audrey Would! has lived through one or two!

A vintage punch set with modern lines, perfect for today's lifestyle!

Well… here’s what’s really going on in that bowl.

Punch (and I am now referring to spiked punch) is all about communal drinking and fun! It’s about sharing the same drink with your friends, and if you’re the host it’s like a one-stop-shop. You basically mix one drink large enough to hydrate more than just a few, and then you get to join the party too!

This special edition punch set from Audrey Would! has got that all squared away. It comes with 16 cups!

A special edition Mid Century punch set , 'Golden Anniversary' by Champion.

So what’s really going on in that bowl?

Punch is more than just pouring a bunch of ingredients into a bowl and giving it a stir. In fact, that’s exactly what not to do! Here are the classic punch take-aways for the ‘right’ things to do.

  • Classic punch always contains 5 elements: spirits, sugar, citrus, water and spice. Did you know tea can be considered a spice? See how it’s used in the recipe at the end!
  • Punch is always stirred, but not the way you think. There are two ways to stir punch,
    • Over ice in a pitcher, but never in the punch bowl
    • Poured back and forth between two pitchers with ice (this is called rolling)
    • And then… you strain the punch into the bowl leaving the ice behind

Whaat? No ice??

  • Punch is served over a large block of ice rather than immersed with cubes.
    • This keeps the punch cold, but slows down dilution
    • And this is where the ice ring can substitute for the block of ice
  • Club Soda or sparkling wine are used for effervescence in punch.
    • That’s just what you do!
  • Definitely do add edible garnishes in the punch bowl.
    • They are the floating touch to your punchy presentation
    • And, guests can add to their drinks as they choose

But most importantly…

  • Pay tribute to the punch!
    • That’s right, serve your punch in a vintage bowl. That’s called serving it right, and at Audrey Would! we just happen to have a few. 😉

To wrap all this up, we recommend you try Death & Co’s recipe for classic Mother’s Ruin Punch. The name says it all, doesn’t it?

Cheers to fun with friends! Do you have any punch tips, vintage bowls or recipes to share?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller for Audrey Would. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

11 Replies to “Party Punch. What’s So Special About That?”

    1. You ask a great question, Shauna! The basic answer is the word punch means “five” in Sanskrit, and punch began with the 5 ingredients mentioned. Punch was borrowed from the Sanskrit language as a result of the British soldiers being stationed in India when they first concocted the mix. Thanks for asking!

  1. Punch in many forms both spiked and “Mom approved” versions have been part of my life from little up. I can’t remember a summer picnic or family gathering that didn’t have one. The spiked versions were usually reserved for New Years… always memorable!! 😉

    1. I’m the same Cynthia – always the “Mom approved” variation when I grew up, too, and it wasn’t until I was a lot older that the spiked variation was introduced. Who knows, maybe the glasses were poured and spiked individually with a shot or two, but not the whole bowl like what I wrote about at that time!

    1. Thanks Heather! I was just having this conversation with my daughter – that writing a blog is awesome because it’s a constant opportunity to learn as I go – both in reading other blogs and researching to write my own!

  2. I came across your blog for the second time and I wondered why the heck I’m not signed up as a follower. So, I am signing up right now. I can see you have the same fascination about the story behind the vintage or antique piece that I have. I’ve got to go back now and see what you’ve talked about since I was here last.
    ~Ginene

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