If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I have a thing for punch. It’s been the centerpiece of every event The Dizzy Fizz has thrown, from last year’s Holiday Puncheon to the recent 18-punch smorgasbord at The Summit Bar’s First Anniversary bash. Of course, we’ve been spoiled with delicious punch in NYC for some time, thanks to cocktail havens such as Clover Club, Death & Co., and Prime Meats.
Thanks to some recent press, it seems that the idea of serving bowl-sized cocktails has gone mainstream, and with the holidays around the corner, I can only predict that we’ll be seeing more ladled goodness:
- Dave Wondrich was recently interviewed by esteemed food writer Frank Bruni for The New York Times about his forthcoming book, “Punch: The Delights and Dangers of the Flowing Bowl,” out next month. As Bruni says, the book’s subtitle says it all: “An Anecdotal History of the Original Monarch of Mixed Drinks, With More Than Forty Historic Recipes, Fully Annotated, and a Complete Course in the Lost Art of Compounding Punch.”
- Check out this recipe for 19th century Roman Punch, featuring a meringue topping, from “The Essential New York Times Cookbook” by Amanda Hesser, coming soon.
- Time Out New York recently selected Cienfuegos’ Anchor Punch as one of its 100 Best Things to Eat and Drink. The punch, just one of the East Village bar’s menu of rum punches, features Seven Tiki spiced rum, apricot brandy, guava juice, ginger juice and nutmeg.
- And at the recently revamped Fourty Four at The Royalton Hotel, we can thank The Cocktail Collective for having the vision to replace the outdated clubby tradition of bottle service with punch service. According to ChiChi212 blogger Brittany Mendenhall, the punch bowl arrives to your table with a large block of ice and servers pour rum concoctions from two giant shakers. The servers then top the punch with grated nutmeg and sliced fruit, which is “much sexier than a vodka cranberry with a poorly cut slice of fruit,” says Mendenhall. Check out Fourty Four’s punch menu here.