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