Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Historic Spirit To Spice Up Your Holiday Drinks


Published:

PHOTO COURTESY OF RUSLAN_100 - FOTOLIA

Punch conjures images of a post-First Communion reception, a blend of 7-Up, frozen lemonade, and pineapple juice. But this week, Minnesota Monthly editor Rachel Hutton and MPR host John Birge talk alcoholic punches, the most popular social beverage in colonial America, and a perfect addition to your holiday gatherings.

Punches were the first mixed drinks, predating cocktails. If you want to go super authentic, pick up a bottle of an Indonesian spirit called Batavia Arrack—a funky, aromatic, rice-based spirit that was the precursor to rum. Rachel says that you may not want to drink it by itself—but when mixed, it will heighten the flavor of the punch.

Batavia Arrack was a primary punch ingredient several hundred years ago, but had fallen off the radar. Recently, a locally based rare spirits importer brought it back to the U.S. because of bartenders’ interest in re-creating historic drinks. It’s great for hosting because you can prepare it in batches, and its historic quality makes for a unique drink, sure to spark conversation. Find it at Surdyk’s

If you’re in need of a drink to serve at the kid’s table, try MNMO’s Harvest Punch.

Listen to the full podcast on Classical MPR's site

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Mix it Up for National Margarita Day!

Celebrated every year on February 22, National Margarita Day is good reason to raise a glass with a favorite cocktail

The Porkiest Pork Fest In Town: Cochon555

This Sunday you can sample dishes from 5 local chefs who will compete for the title of "Prince of Porc"

Valentine’s Day at Café Alma and Tullibee

Moveable Feast: MnMo editor Rachel Hutton and MPR Classical’s John Birge recommend these hot new hotel restaurants in the Twin Cities
Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

TC Taste answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the TC Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Recent TC Taste Posts

Mix it Up for National Margarita Day!

Celebrated every year on February 22, National Margarita Day is good reason to raise a glass with a favorite cocktail

The Porkiest Pork Fest In Town: Cochon555

This Sunday you can sample dishes from 5 local chefs who will compete for the title of "Prince of Porc"

Valentine’s Day at Café Alma and Tullibee

Moveable Feast: MnMo editor Rachel Hutton and MPR Classical’s John Birge recommend these hot new hotel restaurants in the Twin Cities

Dark Chocolate Ripple Pound Cake Recipe

Share the love with an easy-to-make yet indulgent chocolate cake

The Best $8 Burger in The Twin Cities

Lowry Hill Meats and the Minnesota State Capitol have teamed up
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags