My initial intention was simply to make a batch of the Bernal Heights Milk Punch I’ve been making, but with Pisco instead of Brandy.
However, when I was thinking about the theme of the dinner, I remembered that the host had previously experimented with creating a beer that shared some characteristics with cocktails.
Which got me thinking, isn’t turn about fair play? What if I made a punch that shared some of the characteristics of beer and brought it to the dinner?
I have hops purchased with the intention of creating a hop bitters.
I have barley malt due to my obsession with obscure and unusual sweeteners.
Aren’t there some beers that share the characteristics of Punch?
Punch allegedly is a similar word to the Hindu word for “5” or “hand”. Supposedly “five” or “hand” signifies the 5 elements of punch:
- Strong (booze!)
- Sweet (sugar)
- Sour (citrus)
- Weak (tea, water, wine, and/or ice)
- Spice (usually coriander, clove, cinnamon, or cardamom)
Wait a sec? I could almost be describing a Belgian Beer! Well, OK, a belgian beer and a shot. But still.
There might be something there!