kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Punch is back!

Take a glimpse at any old cocktail tome, and you'll discover that punch has been around since the 1600s. The classic definition of the drink is one that contains a spirit, citrus, sugar, water and spice, and is served in a communal bowl. Colonialists--who commonly drank alcohol (and lots of it) during the day--would congregate around the vessel until it was empty--work or other obligations be damned. But as years passed, residents began to take on the Puritan work ethic, and sitting around sipping from a bowl for the better part of the day began to be seen as a lazy time waster.

These days, mixologists are rediscovering these classic concoctions--both in and out of the bowl. Starting the first week of April, Jackson 20 will be serving a whole menu of punches at their bar and on the patio for $9 each. Glass punch bowls with built-in dispensers will pour the drinks straight into the glass, so no messy ladling or sticky drippiness is required:

Presidential Punch
Leblon Cachaca, Peach Schnapps, Sparkling cider, Lemon-Ginger Syrup, Fresh apples, peaches, and pineapple.

Bourbon Popsicle
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Limóncello, House made Limeade, Orange Sherbet, Fresh lemons, limes, and cherries.

Town Hall
Absolut Pear, 10 cane rum, Ginger-clove apple cider, Ouzo, Guava berry juice, Cinnamon, Blood oranges.

Don Quixote

Herradura Reposado, Licor 43, Southern Comfort, Papaya juice, Agave nectar, fresh strawberries, mint leaves, habanero and cilantro