Milk Punch is a popular morning-after style of drink in New Orleans. If you’re feeling a little dusty and in need of a pick me up, this Milk Punch might be the thing for you. It’s a recipe that is equal parts easy to make and delicious to drink.
Long time Brooklyn resident, booze historian and author of the oft-quoted Imbibe! and Punch: the Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl, Dave Wondrich, has teamed up with New York Distilling Company to produce this distinctive new gin, the Chief Gowanus New-Netherlander gin.
What you drink says a lot about who you are, where you’re from, and when you were alive. We go down the ages and see what kind of booze separated the toffs from the townies…
In those dark times, before the Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs and Fizzes, there was Punch. It’s the idea of the pub — an occasion in which people gather at a place in a shared (drinking) experience — where they gathered around the flowing bowl. Punch is for sharing en masse.
As with any yarn involving the demon drink, an accurate account of Punch’s early life has long been washed away by the high tides of merriment and low tides of memory loss paired with the debilitating affects of hard living. Despite it’s sketchy past, interest in the lost art of Punch making is returning to bars the world over. Coupled with and authoritative work on the subject by drinks historian David Wondrich and you mightn’t be wrong in assuming that Punch is seeing a full blown comeback.
A real highlight of this year’s ‘Tales of the Cocktail’ was Dave Wondrich’s take on the History of the Modern American Saloon. Previously, the only time I had been significantly injected with such important perspective was after reading the first ‘Mixologist Journal’ when I truly discovered what could be called the origin of the species; the Punch.