This article appears in the December issue of Arkansas Life magazine. Be sure to pick up a copy on stands next week!
Big holiday parties are an ideal time to knock the dust off that matching crystal bowl-and-ladle set. And to convince yourself that sugary drinks pair perfectly with turkey and pie. But punch doesn’t have to mean red, fizzy and sherbet-topped.
Punch—boozy, balanced and crowd-pleasing—is the grandfather of the modern cocktail. And while party-friendly libations have long been a syrupy mainstay at baby showers and brunches, modern bartenders are harking back to historic recipes to bring punch to its former honored place at the party.
Think of the punch bowl as the water cooler of the party world: a gathering spot to refresh glasses and gossip. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it drink option that leaves a host free for more important tasks, like sneaking a few sips of his or her creation. And with so much drink to work with, punch is more forgiving if a mistake is made. A little of this and a splash of that can help liven up the equilibrium.
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