Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

Your National Punch Day Primer

Your National Punch Day Primer
Need another reason to celebrate? September 20 is National Punch Day. This party-perfect drink was brought to the Western world around the time of Christopher Columbus, discovered by English sailors during voyages to India.

A true punch is composed of five main components: sugar, water, citrus, spice and alcohol. In fact, the word “punch” was derived from the Hindi word “panch,” meaning “five.” (And we always thought the name stemmed from some famous fight where a bride’s uncle had too many ladlefuls at a wedding and knocked out the groom’s father during the reception. Could've happened, right?)

“Punch is the original mixed drink,” says cocktail historian David Wondrich. As Indian spice and Caribbean sugar cane began to flow through the New World trade routes, this pleasant concoction caught on, offering early Americans an alternate, more palatable way to imbibe than swigging straight liquor. The easy recipes and simple mixology allowed punch to catch on, and for several centuries now, a bowlful of booze has been a staple at events of all kinds. Recently, it has enjoyed a renaissance, and punches can be ordered at an assortment of bars and restaurants, as well as enjoyed at home.

Ready to try your hand at punch preparation? Below are a couple of recipes by Phil Ward of New York speakeasy Death & Co. Let’s get this party started.

Goodnight Moon Punch
2 oz. aged rum (such as Flor de Caña 7-year Grand Reserve)
4 sugar cubes
3 oz. club soda
2 whole cloves
1 pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
1 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. apple juice
2 dashes of Peychaud bitters
(single-serving quantities; scale as needed)


Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 oz. of club soda (this generally involves muddling to help process)
Muddle the cloves with the sugar cubes
After the sugar cubes and cloves are muddled/dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and stir as added
Add ice once all of the ingredients have been added and stirred
Stir the punch until it is chilled
Strain into a glass or punch bowl (depending on portion size), top with 2 oz. club soda and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks

Cardamom and Pop Punch
2 oz. aged rum 
4 sugar cubes
3 green cardamom pods (can be found at any spice shop)
3 oz. club soda
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1 dash of Regan's Orange bitters
(single-serving quantities; scale as needed)


Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 oz. of soda water (this generally involves muddling to help process)
Muddle the cardamom pods with the sugar cubes
After the sugar cubes and cloves are muddled/dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and stir as added
Add ice once all of the ingredients have been added and stirred
Stir the punch until it is chilled
Strain the punch into a glass or punch bowl (depending on portion size), top with 2 oz. club soda and garnish with lime wheels
 
Photo via Flickr user Pleuntje
 

Tags: Cocktails, Holiday, Rum
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Spend Your Summer Days & Nights at These D.C. Bars

Spend Your Summer Days & Nights at These D.C. Bars

Summer in the city is the best time of the year where rooftop drinking, colorful sips, and frozen cocktails are the name of the game. ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jul 10, 2018
Guinness to Open US Brewery in the Baltimore Area, August 3

Guinness to Open US Brewery in the Baltimore Area, August 3

If you haven't had a chance to drink a fresh pint of Guinness in Ireland, no worries, because Guinness is opening a 62 acre brewery and taproom just s...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jul 6, 2018
D.C.'s Best Gin Bars

D.C.'s Best Gin Bars

No matter the time of year, nothing hits the spot quite like a great gin cocktail. Check out our top five spots in the city to sip on perfectly refres...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jun 26, 2018
SPONSORED
Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are
Where to Drink Summertime Cocktails in D.C.

Where to Drink Summertime Cocktails in D.C.

When the summer heat and signature humidity returns to DC, there's only one way to cool off: alcoholic beverages....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jun 26, 2018
9,000 Bourbon Barrels Fall to Ground During Collapse at Sazerac Distillery Warehouse

9,000 Bourbon Barrels Fall to Ground During Collapse at Sazerac Distillery Warehouse

Pour some out, because 9,000 barrels of whiskey were damaged during a distillery's building collapse in Kentuc...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 26, 2018
John Legend is Now Making His Own Wine With Napa's Raymond Vineyards

John Legend is Now Making His Own Wine With Napa's Raymond Vineyards

Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend is partnering with Raymond Vineyards for his line of luxury wines,...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 26, 2018
Dylan Sprouse, Star of Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Co-Founded a Brooklyn Meadery

Dylan Sprouse, Star of Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Co-Founded a Brooklyn Meadery

From the Suite Life to the Mead Life, Dylan Sprouse is living his best life as the CEO and co-founder of All-W...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jun 14, 2018
Game of Thrones & Johnnie Walker are Releasing a White Walker Scotch

Game of Thrones & Johnnie Walker are Releasing a White Walker Scotch

HBO's hugely popular fantasy show won't return for its final season until April 2019, but in the meantime, Gam...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 12, 2018
Snoop Dogg Mixes World's Largest Gin and Juice

Snoop Dogg Mixes World's Largest Gin and Juice

Snoop Dogg, rapper and huge fan of gin mixed with orange juice, took the stage at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival to mix up one of the large...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jun 11, 2018
Here's Where You Should Drink in Every D.C. Neighborhood

Here's Where You Should Drink in Every D.C. Neighborhood

Whether you're looking for a new go-to spot in your neighborhood or want to hop around between bars in different areas, check out our list of favorite...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen May 30, 2018
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Home Bar Project Rectangle
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close