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