Punch has always been high on my list of delicious drinks, and there is just something incredibly festive about a giant punch bowl filled with delicious mixtures, and able to be ladled into pretty little cups. The whole idea of it just smacks of formal parties of old to me, and I have often thought that it plays so nicely with the idea of the waltz.
Either way- punches rock, and I am thrilled that they are taking over Boston this holiday season. On Sunday evening I had the distinct pleasure of attending a Punch Party held at Aquitaine in Boston's South End. Testing out three different types of punch is a lovely way to spend a crisp fall Sunday evening, so I was thrilled at the opportunity. Nicely the folks at Aquitaine supplied recipe cards with their punches- and I urge you guys to embrace the trend and give them a shot!
My favorite of the evening was a typical looking and tasting punch, fruity, sweet and tart, ruby red in color, and just screamed "holidays" to me. They named this one The Standard:
1 Bottle Russian Standard Vodka
24 oz of Whole Cranberry Puree
8 oz lime juice
My second favorite was the 1820, which was an incredibly refreshing mix of citrus and herb, bridging the delicate balance of summer into fall.
1 Bottle Bols Genever
20 oz Grapefruit Juice
4 oz Lemon Juice
4 oz Absinthe
4 oz Basil Simple Syrup
Top with Sparkling Wine
Fresh Yuzu Zest
The final punch, which rang in at my least favorite of the three, but that by no means translates it to being not tasty-in fact- it was the resounding favorite of most others at the party!
1 Bottle Don Q Cristal Rum
24 oz Apple Cider
8 oz Ginger Syrup or Domaine Canton
4 oz Lemon Juice
Top with Sparking Wine
I can guarantee that any of these delicious punches will be a fantastic addition to any party you host, or if you want to drop a line to a host of a party- they may make them for you!