The Punch Ages
For nearly 200 years, from the 1670’s to the 1850’s, the Kingdom of Mixed Drinks was ruled by the Bowl of Punch, a large-bore mixture of spirits, citrus, sugar, water and spice. Infact the word punch is a loanword from Persian panj, meaning “five”, as the drink was originally made with the five ingredients mentioned above.
At its peak , the ritual of Punch Bowl was a secular communion, welding a group of good fellows toghether into a temporary sodality whose values superseded all others.
This was all in good fun, but it required its participants to have a large block of uncommitted time on their hands. As the eighteenth century wore into the nineteenth, that time was less and less likely to be there. Industrialization, improved communications, and the rise of the bourgeoise all made claims on the individual that militated against partaking of the Flowing Bowl, causing the decrease in popularity of the Punch.
In The Court we like to relive the old days, choosing the Punch as the drink to honor and celebrate in the month of October. Every Thursday, for #TBT, you can taste a different kind of Punch for the special price of €8,00.
For more info about the Punch we highly recommend the amazing book of David Wondrich: “Punch: The Delight and Dangers of the Flowing Bowl”. Or just pass by at The Court. Our Judges will be more than happy to tell you all about the Punch. Cheers!