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Punch and Sangria Cocktails

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Punch and sangria are the perfect kind of drink for summer hosting, they can be made in large batches and are easy to prepare. 

Punch translates to "five" in Sanskrit, as the drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water and tea or spices. Early English merchant sailors are often credited for inventing punch from the ingredients they easily obtained on their over-seas Indian odysseys in the early 17th century. After arriving in England and spreading into mainstream society, the drink was then introduced into other European countries. The alcohol used in a punch can be virtually anything: rum, cognac, vodka, wine - still or fortified...

Sangria is a variation of punch using wine as its main ingrediant. Its name derives from the word "sangre", blood in Spanish, in reference to the red wine used. Over 2,000 years ago the Romans made their way through the Iberian peninsula and planted vineyards along the way. Households living near these vineyards would then make their own blend and give the wine a different flavour by adding fruits and spices - and so the sangria was born. Today, not all sangria is made with red wine and you find plenty of variations throughout Spain. Spanish brought sangria with them in the Americas, where the tradition has continued. Argentinians have their own version of white sangria, made with white wine, and call it clerico.

Punch Recipes

  • Berry Lemonade
  • Royale
  • Jerry Thomas

Sangria Recipes

  • Classic
  • Berry