We normally associate punch with drinks served in punch bowls and ladled into punch glasses. But it isn’t really the accessories that turn a drink into a punch.
The punch that we know is a fruit-juice based mixed drink. It may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, historically, punch was Hindi panch (meaning five) “in allusion to the number of original ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, spice).”
That said, you can make punch by the glass and if anyone tells you it’s not a punch because it wasn’t served in a punch bowl, tell him to check his facts first.
This apple and cranberry punch is made with bottled cranberry and apple juice, sugar syrup, cubed apple, white rum and ice. A piece of cranberry is added for garnish.
- 1/4 apple
- 1 cup cranberry and apple juice (or 1/2 c. of cranberry juice plus 1/2 c. of apple juice)
- 1/4 cup white rum
- 2 tablespoons sugar syrup (boil equal amounts of sugar and water until syrupy)
If you don't like apple skin, peel the apple. Cut off the core. Cut into quarter-inch cubes.
Mix everything together and pour into glasses. Garnish with whole cranberries, if you like.