Father’s Day is coming, and that means it’s gift time for Dad! At Audrey Would! we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for unique Mid-Century barware options, we have them. If you want classic cocktail style, we have that. If you need something a little…
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?
Thanks for stopping by!
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On Saturdays we mix up a classic cocktail and pair it with vintage glassware from Audrey Would! It’s a lot of fun, and that’s before the cocktail has even been poured! The cocktail we chose this time has been around for over 100 years so we decided…
Awhile ago I listed this set of shot glasses and referenced the design overlay as dice. I even featured these glasses in this Polyvore set thinking of them as dice… I never thought much more about it until I received this email: Hello:…
It’s no secret, Easter is just around the corner, and the long weekend awaits. I don’t know how your March went, but mine went fast! That’s code for needing to keep things simple and enjoy the moments that matter.
Our tip for keeping this Easter simple?
Mix it up with pieces that work double time.
- Multipurpose what you have
- Cocktail Shaker standing in as a vase
- Use a splash of colour to set the tone
- Purple tulips for a hit of Easter colour
- Add a little sparkle to keep it festive
- Silver Ombre Wine Glasses keep the sparkle alive whether resting or raised
- Keep it functional with creative charm
- Bunnies bounce into action as Salt & Pepper Shakers
Do you have a tip to add to Audrey Would!‘s list? How do you keep things simple to fully celebrate Easter and this time for renewal?
Wishing you a very Happy Easter! Thanks for stopping by!!
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Bluerina glassware. What is it? You will most likely have seen in passing the very popular Amberina glass, a two-toned red/amber glassware originating in the late 1800s. It was patented by Joseph Locke of the New England Glass Company as a result of others trying…
If you’ve been following along on Audrey Would!‘s Facebook page, Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter you will have seen the teaser posts! Yes, we were playing around with hand carved ice cubes, and we did enjoy a classic cocktail over a cube or two! You’re dying to…
I recently listed this amber coloured Indiana Glass compote over at Audrey Would, and wanted to address a little confusion that surrounds this popular pressed glass piece.
There were two variations of the scalloped-rim design produced in a range of colours. This amber option is referred to as ‘Garland’. The other design is commonly known as ‘Teardrop’ and it features single droplets opposed to these clusters of three. The interesting thing is neither one, Garland or Teardrop, represent the actual patterns Indiana Glass produced between 1940 and 1970 by those names, and yet Indiana glass marketed this piece by the pattern names! Confusion.
And just to add to the confusion… this stand-alone piece was also marketed as the ‘Decorator Bowl’ and sold at home parties by Tiara… back in the day! Simply put, this bowl was made to be decorative and is in name-only part of either pattern line. Further, it’s understandable why there’s this much confusion, because the packaging says so! If you are lucky enough to find this piece with its original box, you will see ‘Garland’ right on the box itself. Why wouldn’t you think that was the pattern name?
Just for fun, here are a few mock-ups featuring how versatile this decorator bowl with its history is!
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