This month, Mixology Monday focused on the theme of punch and was hosted by Mike over at Hobson’s Choice. How could you think that Sam and I would pass over this topic?! It’s punch! Here is what our fellow blogger had to say on the topic:
Punch fell out of style in the United States decades ago as a result of a confluence of factors. The temperance movement was growing. Advances in the distillation and aging of liquors meant they didn’t need heavy manipulation to be enjoyed. And, perhaps most destructive of all, people started acting like they were too busy to enjoy a punch. As Wondrich writes in his most recent book, Imbibe!, “[t]o sit around a tavern ladling libations out of a capacious bowl was as much to confess that you didn’t have anywhere to be for the next few hours, and America was a go-ahead country, as everyone was always saying.”
I think it is time to reclaim the heritage. Sure you can go out to a bar and get a good punch in almost any big city in the US, but we shouldn’t be hesitant to have a few friends over, pull out the punch bowl and ladle away a few hours in the comfort of our own respective homes. But to do that, we are going to need recipes.
Another idea that Mike makes to consider when creating a crowd-pleasing punch is seasonality – most significantly in the use of the freshest berries and citrus. Master Distiller Desmond Payne developed Beefeater 24 using Japanese Sencha and Chinese Green teas as a botanical, which serves as a great compliment to the fruit. It can be utilized as our punch base year-round since, unfortunately, Avon is presently suffering from identity crisis with regards to the weather. One day it is sunny and up in the high-60s, the next it shoots back down to rainy and 40 degrees. It’s driving this Arizona native crazy!
Here are our two submissions for this Punch-themed Mixology Monday, since I just can’t figure out what time of year it really is.
Burroughs Festive Plum Punch
1 part Beefeater 24 Gin
1 part Sloe Gin
1 ½ parts lemon juice
½ part orange juice
¼ part simple syrup
1/8 part marmalade
1 ½ parts Belvoir spiced berry cordial
3 parts chilled Earl Grey tea
2 parts Prosecco
Mix first 8 ingredients in a punch bowl and chill with ice. Add Prosecco and garnish with berries, citrus wheels, plums, and grated nutmeg.
Summer Gin Punch
2 parts Beefeater 24 Gin
½ part Maraschino liqueur
½ part water
¼ part gomme syrup
¼ part lemon juice
½ part orange juice
1 part soda
1 lemon twist
1 orange twist
2 chunks of diced pineapple
Build all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice, then transfer contents in a punch cup. Top with soda.
Rain or shine, I encourage you to enjoy!
Edit: Mike over at Hobson’s Choice did a wonderful wrap-up of the MxMo Punch event. This MxMo brought forth 37 recipes from 28 cocktail bloggers and enthusiasts.