Whether you are making drinks to serve at home for a party or in your bar/restaurant, a great way of getting the evening going and an easy way to save time is to make good use a punch recipes or cocktails that can be made in quantities. Read on for some of our pitcher perfect cocktail ideas.
So where did for punches originate from? It is widely believed that British sailors discovered “punch” in India in the 16th century. The drink’s name is thought to derive from the Hindi word “panch” which means five – referring to the five ingredients used to compose the punch. As with much of the legend that surrounds the history of any food or drink recipes – the story has many variations. One source claims that the “five” refers to the five different elements required in punch – thought to be sweet, sour, bitter, weak and alcoholic ie sugar, a bitter aperitif, lemon juice, beer and pure alcohol. However another source claimed an entirely different concoction which included: tea, arrack (a form of alcohol in the East Indies made from raw ingredients such as rice or molasses), sugar, lemons and water.
With our recipes we are looking at quantities that would make at least 6 servings – depending on the size of the pitcher used or glasses selected for serving.
Before suggesting the recipes – a few good tips which we would recommend to achieve the best results:
Check out our recommendations on the attached downloadable pdfs. We have selected a cross section of tastes and flavours allowing for different spirit bases, as well as colours to catch the eye. These allow for preparing the drinks in an average size jug or pitcher (using as a guideline a pitcher which could contain up to 1.5 litres of liquid maximum.). NB. You may need to revise the liquid contents according to the size of pitcher/punch bowl that you plan to use.
The recipes that translate best into larger quantities are those that are built in the glasses – ie those that don’t require shaking with ice. Examples on in-the-spirit that we would recommend would be the Alabama Slammer, Cranberry Kick, Cassis Screwdriver, and Limestone Breeze.
Click below to download Pitcher Perfect PDFs