With English summer almost in full swing, we’ve created a series of refreshing, easy-to-make-at-home punch recipes that are guaranteed to please a crowd at your next BBQ, come rain or shine.
Punch dates back in this country to the 1600s, when sailors returned to town from overseas with precious liquid cargo on board and various sugars, citrus and spices were added to create a punch that flowed in the taverns of 17th century London. Fast-forward 200 years and the inimitable Charles Dickens was sneaking punch into many of his works, perhaps most notably with the mysterious “compound in the jug” that the Cratchit family drink during A Christmas Carol. Although the full recipe wasn’t revealed within the novel, we do know this punch was made “in a jug with gin and lemons” and so, in 1843, gin punch made its way into the annals of literary history, just 20 years before our family story of gin-distilling began.
Five generations and 155 years later, we’ve given gin punch a fresh and lively twist with our series of True English Gin summer punches, each with our classically balanced London Dry Gin at its heart. This drink that is widely considered to be the earliest cocktail is defined by its fine balance between five key elements – spirit, sour, sweetness, spice, and dilution, and we’ve designed our new range of punch recipes to perfectly capture this signature balance of a classic punch.
Long, cool, refreshing and packed full of flavour, we’ve got all your punch needs and desires covered with our two simple recipes below. So head to your nearest Waitrose to stock up on our London Dry Gin, fire up the barbecue, dust off the punch bowl, invite everybody over, and enjoy a true English summer. (Until it rains.)
(Both the recipes below are for single serves, so scale these up for volume. For single serves, shake quickly over ice, then pour into a highball glass filled with ice. For groups, serve in a punch bowl with ice.
Inspired by the great English garden and the flavours and aromas of summer that it evokes.
Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of cucumber.
Inspired by the Dick Bradsell classic cocktail, The Bramble, first created in London in the 1980s.
Garnish with apple slices, lemon and berries.
* Or over 21, depending on where you live.