Recipe: Punch Bowl Social's punch makes a splash in Food & Wine magazine

Lori Midson

Apparently, the cocktail sphere is getting punched. Earlier this week, Food & Wine magazine pointed out, correctly, that prior to the popularity of the Manhattan, martini and mai tai, there was punch, which dates all the way back to the 17th century.

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And punch, according to the glossy food pub, is back in vogue, popping up on cocktail rosters across the country -- and in Denver, most notably at Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink, whose bar program was created by Anika Zappe. Food & Wine gives the potent punch at Punch Bowl a huge shout-out in its cross-country roundup, the recipe of which Zappe shares below.

Lori Midson

"It's an original recipe that was mostly inspired by a whiskey drink I love in late summer that's infused with peaches," says Zappe, adding that while fresh peaches are out of season, Leopold Bros. peach liqueur -- which she uses in the recipe -- is a more than suitable substitute. "The addition of peach bitters, sage and nutmeg really makes the flavor pop with freshness," she adds.

The recipe is for one cocktail, but if you want to make it for a crowd, just keep doubling the measurements. And beware -- it definitely packs a punch.


3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce five spice syrup
3/4 Leopold Bros. peach
1 ounce strong black tea
1 1/2 ounce Buffalo Trace bourbon
Fee's peach bitters
Sage leaves for garnish


Shake all liquid ingredients with ice and strain into a 12-ounce glass with ice
garnish with fresh grated nutmeg and a sage leaf.

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ScubaSteve topcommenter

I wonder how long it will be before every liquor-serving establishment in town and everywhere else jumps on the bandwagon and start selling punch.  It sounds like the new year 2013 cupcake and food truck overkill.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

@steveville Well, if they are going to jump of the bandwagon they are going to have to beat the heck out of the punch swill we were served at the Punch Bowl - wretched and expensive to boot.


@steveville it's still going to be served by the glass. open sources like that are a regulatory nightmare as far as I know.

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