Our Guides to New Year’s Punches and Brunches

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In the current issue of Saveur, David Wondrich points out that not only was punch the first popular mixed drink to incorporate distilled spirits, but its also the first testing ground of the mixologists art and the social drink that, in its 18th-century heyday, fueled the European Enlightenment a drink assembled according to exacting formulae and shared by kings and gentlemen, poets and adventurers. Wondrichs history of the stuff (beginning with 1600s sailors and traders and moving to British punch houses) is quite fascinating, and is likely to inspire you to make a bowl of your own. To that end, and because those Christmas and New Years bashes are around the corner, weve asked our favorite mixologists (from PDT, Pegu Club, Daniel, etc.) to provide recipes. Its part of our New Years Eve package that also includes a helpful list of New Years brunch specials ranging from dim sum to Morandi. Enjoy!

First Brunch
Spike Your Punch
The Bashes-to-Brunches New Years Guide