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In a time when the craft cocktail is king, the lowly punch can all too easily be forgotten. Our parents and grandparents had one thing right though; When you have a house (or backyard) full of thirsty friends and family, nothing quenches quite like these classics!
Funny enough, punches were popular long before poodle skirts or backyard barbeques. According to History.com, the drink can be traced back to The East India Trading Company and Her Majesty’s Royal Navy. Supposedly sailors brought punch back to England Via India in the 1600’s! The word punch is actually a Sanskrit word meaning five. Named for it’s five traditional ingredients alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea (or spices). Though today’s punches aren’t necessarily of the boozy variety, surprisingly the overall gist of the recipe has remained intact!
This particular punch has made its way to me from my brother-in-law’s mother. It’s tasty on it’s own, or if no one’s looking, with a little rum in it. No family gathering is quite the same without it!
Simple Syrup (Makes enough for a few batches of punch)
3 cinnamon sticks
2 cups of water
¼ cup of sugar
1 liter of orange juice
1 liter of pineapple juice
2 liters of ginger ale
½ cup of simple syrup
To make the syrup:
Combine ingredients in a sauce pot, simmer for a few minutes. Sugar should all dissolve. (can be done the day before)
To make the punch:
Combine all ingredients. Serve to family and friends, have a lovely time!