A Nordic Punch with Reyka Vodka. Pic supplied.

Punch was the ‘in thing’ and the drink of choice for many back in the day. 

In the spirit of throwbacks and flashbacks, Reyka Vodka – a product of an Icelandic town just outside of Reykjavik – unveils its very own Nordic Punch. It proves to be the new ‘in thing’. 

The era of the punch bowl became crucial in the 20th century

  • There was a punch “revival”, as sugary-sweet bowls of sherbet and infusions did the rounds. The term passé, meaning "past, faded," past participle of passer, was popularised in 1775 from the French language. 
  • In Icelandic terms ‘past, faded’ would translate to ‘Áður, dofna’. “What’s that go to do with punch?” we hear you asking.  
  • As the 19th century wore on, the fear was that the cocktail movement would begin to see punch as passé. Punch has experienced a resurgence of late; as simple and refreshing as ever, it never really seems to goes out of style. 

With winter and frosty nights a reality now, there' s no better time to stay indoors with a Nordic punch cocktail, infused with raspberries and lime. 

This Nordic punch is simple to make; and while the traditional punch bowl is great to mix into, it tastes just as good when transferred into a glass.  

Nordic Punch 

Makes one jug 

Ingredients

  • 200ml Reyka vodka 
  • 100ml Belvoir lime and lemongrass cordial
  • 250ml traditional lemonade 
  • 100ml lime juice 
  • 2 or 3 anise stars
  • 6-8 slices of lime cross section
  • 6 whole raspberries

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients together (including lime slices) over a half-full jug of ice then stir thoroughly with bar spoon for about 30 seconds. 
  2. Top with lemonade then garnish with 2-3 star anise and 6 whole raspberries. 
  3. The star anise and raspberries should be poking out of the ice when drink is served.