Becketts Kopf’s Original Punch
A Christmas classic to get you merrily tipsy in good company. Use your salad bowl, a big pot or whatever you’ve got – with Becketts Kopf’s excellent pre-made mix, you can do no wrong.
A mix of
– Arrack (rice-fermented rum)
– Familie Mozer’s apple brandy
– Black tea
1000 ml per bottle
(serves 4-6, although that depends on how thirsty your guests are. Get another bottle just in case, it’s not like it’s going to spoil! You even could keep it over many years…)
What you need:
– A tupperware/plastic box/pot
– A large bowl or pot
– A ladle
– Small glasses or cups
First, you’ve got to get your ice cube ready: pour water into the tupperware/plastic box or pot and leave it to freeze for 24 hours. Put your little iceberg into the large bowl or pot – be sure to follow your aesthetic sense or use whatever your cupboard yields.
Pour the punch into the bowl with the ice cube, then let it sit. After 30 minutes you’re good to go, and go and go and go you will – punch tastes great over several hours. Be sure to serve small portions so the punch stays cool. As the block of ice sitting in the punch slowly melts, the taste of the punch continues to develop: so the second helping is different to the first or the third. The most important factor in savouring punch is taking your sweet time. It really is not about finishing it up quickly: unlike a cocktail, the addition of water from the melting ice cube doesn’t spoil it but makes it better. Be sure to observe how the taste gradually changes, it really is as though you have several different drinks in one.
If you want you can add a sip of dry Champagne or sparkling wine into your glass of Punch, it really is a delicious side effect.
A brief history of the punch: between the 17th and 19th century you would’ve been hard-pressed to find a gathering without punch. It’s not just a sophisticated drink, but an entire social ritual: sitting around the bowl, passing around the ladle and cups, gradually getting more tipsy. Making a good punch was considered an art form. Charles Dickens (“A Christmas Carol”), for example, considered himself to be a much better punchmaker than writer.