From the Savoy Cocktail Book:
“This ancient Silver bowl of mine, it tells of good old times,
Of joyous days and jolly nights, and merry Christmas Chimes,
They were a free and jovial race, but honest, brave and true,
That dipped their ladle in the punch when this old bowl was new.”
Thus runs the old drinking song by Oliver Wendell Holmes, a song among many that have lauded the old time jollity of Ye Punch Bowl.
The proper preparation of Punch requires considerable care: but there is one grand secret in- its concoction that must be mastered with patience and care. It is just this, that the various subtle ingredients be thoroughly mixed in such a way) that neither the bitter, the sweet, the spirit, nor any liquor be perceptible the one over the other. This accomplishment depends not so much upon the precise proportions of the various elements, as upon the order of their addition, and the manner of mixing. Below are given a selection of famous old Punch recipes worthy of careful study.
The next two sections of the book are “Punches.” and “Prepared Punches for Bottling”.
I haven’t quite figured out what to do about Punches.
There are about 15 in the book, most for larger groups of people.
I guess I could have a Punch party every week for the next 15 weeks, but that seems difficult, not just from a cost perspective.
Or I could scale them down to serve 3 or 4 people.
In any case, while I sort this out, I will probably skip ahead to the last section of the book, the “Cups”.