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Behind The Bar: Punches

Serve a crowd with this favorite that dates back to the 17th century. BY Phil Gendreau & Jeff Mikolazyk 10

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ow that summer is in full swing, along with that comes party season. What better way to quench the thirst of the masses than with a delicious and refreshing punch? This drink goes back all the way to the early 17th century when it was brought to England from India by sailors and employees of the British East India Company. Sailors were accomplished drinkers who mainly drank beer, but as they sailed to the warmer climates of India, the beer would become rancid. So they made due with what was available locally,

which was rum, citrus, and spices. The drink soon became a staple at parties, spread all over Europe, and eventually even reached as far as the American Colonies. Massive punch bowls were used at gatherings during the summer months. Wide, deep, and usually with a ladle, the punch bowl has been a part of households since the 1600’s. While the popularity of punch has gone up and down over the years, it will always be welcome at our home and bars. This past June, we had the honor of being the keynote speakers at the CraveRI event, which is held every year

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