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Come closer, doll. This holiday punch won’t hurt a bit. In fact, it’ll leave you feeling downright jolly while adding a festive touch to your holiday party. For an added pop, make your punch a décor focal point by serving it from one of these six dishy punch bowls, including a few vintage gems. Speaking of vintage, here’s a little historical scoop you can ladle out along with your holiday giggle water: punch dates back to the early 1600s in India when British sailors who were of miles from a pub mixed local ingredients to create the first punch. The sailors brought punch back to England where it became a popular part of English revelry until Queen Victoria put the kibosh on it saying she didn’t like the “lax moral standards” associated with drinking punch. Well, now, that sounds like quite a party.
NOT-SO-INNOCENT HOLIDAY PUNCH
2 cups rum
1 cup maple simple syrup (one part maple syrup, one part simple syrup)
1 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups apple cider
Whole cranberries and rosebuds
Add all ingredients, except the bitters, to a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir to blend. Once warm, transfer to a punch bowl for serving, or ladle into glasses directly from the pot. Add two dashes of Angostura Bitters to each punch cup. Garnish with cranberries and rosebuds and serve. Recipe courtesy of Revae Schneider, award-winning mixologist and founder of Femme du Coupe.
SIX PUNCH BOWLS THAT’LL KNOCK YOUR GUESTS OUT
Mid-Century Sterling Silver and Enameled Punch Bowl Set by Towle
Hermes Mosaique au 24 Punch Bowl
Gold-Rimmed Punch Bowl from Williams-Sonoma
“Cheers” Punch Bowl by Mikasa
Hand-Cut Lead Crystal Punch Bowl
Early 1900s Glass Punch Bowl Set
Holiday Punch Welcome Mashup
Introductory photo: Barbara Stanwyck
Introductory quote: Dracula, 1931