National Punch Day: three twists on a family favourite


There’s nothing quite like a bowl of punch.

It’s a versatile drink and a real crowd pleaser at any party, family gathering, or any kind of celebration for that matter. You can create almost any flavour you can imagine. It can be be boozy or not boozy at all. Since we’re a liquor store, naturally, we love to give our punch a boozy hit. Our sister store, A&D Fresh Market, can help you out with everything you need to compliment your boozy concoction.

Punch is also a great drink recipe to use up a bottle of something that’s been hanging out in your liquor cabinet for far too long.

This simple, but delicious drink idea actually dates back to the 1600s when the term punch was first used to describe the drink. The rum punch as we know it today was born around 1655. 

Rum remains perhaps the most popular alcoholic addition to punch but there are so many more option to consider. Since they’re generally clear beverages, gin and vodka work very well in punch, but you can make punch with a darker liquor like whisky as well. 

Food & Wine has a tasty recipe called the rye and Pimm’s punch. As the name suggests, it’s a punch made with rye and Pimm’s which is a herbal, spice-infused liquor. 

This punch is a good drink to consider as we make our way towards the winter season. It’s not as bright and fruity as most punches. It’s a little heavier and more complex, which makes it perfect for those cooler nights.

What do you need? 

  • A pitcher or bowl with ice

  • 12 ounces of rye

  • 6 ounces of Pimm’s

  • 4.5 ounces of fresh lemon juice 

  • 4.5 ounces of simple syrup.

  • Garnish with lemon wheels

To make: throw everything into a bowl, mix and enjoy. 

If whisky isn’t your thing, a nice herbal gin can be a fun way to spice up your next punch. You can make gin punch with different fruits and flavours. Have you ever thought about making a cucumber punch? Celebrity chef Alton Brown has a recipe for what sounds like an extremely refreshing cucumber lemonade gin punch. 

What do you need? 

  • 4 whole lemons cut in half

  • 1/2 cup of sugar

  • 1 litre of water

  • 1 cucumber cut into thin slices

  • 24 ounces of gin

  • ice

To make it: juice the lemons and leave the left over lemons in a large pot. Add sugar and muddle. Add water until the sugar has dissolved then strain into a pitcher or bowl, add cucumber. Let it sit for an hour before adding the gin. 

If you’re looking for a twist on a classic cocktail, then why not turn it into a punch recipe? This pina colada punch on All Recipes will be sure to have people talking at your next gathering. 

What do you need?

  • 2 litres of vanilla ice cream

  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple

  • 8 ounce can of sweetened cream of coconut

  • 46 ounces can of pineapple juice

  • 2 cups of light rum

  • 2 litres of lemon-lime pop

To make: add ice cream, crushed pineapple, coconut cream, pineapple juice and rum to a large container. Slowly add lemon-lime pop and freeze for four hours or until slushy. 

These ideas are just the beginning of a very large rabbit hole you can find yourself going down when you search “Punch Recipes” but I want to know, what’s your favorite punch recipe?

Joel Gasson