The London EDITION's award-winning bar, Punch Room, will launch a newly curated punch menu, ‘The Five’, on Tuesday 11th April.
Created by bar manager, Davide Segat, formerly of The Connaught, Green & Red, Hawksmoor and Bulgari Hotel, the menu draws on each of the five distinct ingredients traditionally used to create punch: Spirit, Water and Tea, Citrus, Sugar and Spice to navigate his guide to this illustrious cocktail.
The beautifully bound menu opens with a witty foreword from Jake Burger of Portobello Road Gin and The Ginstitute, goes on to give a humourous pitted history of punch from its 17th Century Indian Ocean origins to now.
Each of the five sections comprises drinks that are more prominent in their category, along with an added “curious and curiouser” section for those feeling experimental.
The newly crafted menu features 30 new punches, along with a daily changing punch, and classic favourite EDITION house punch which is available all year round.
“This menu is a collection of our favourite Punches from the last three years as well as our take on Punches through the ages” says Davide Segat.
Inspired by the grand traditions of Great Britain: the traditional, aristocratic English country manor and the quintessential London private gentleman’s club with a modern, edgy, urban feel, Punch Room places heavy emphasis on the social aspect of sharing and discussion. Punch bowls are available for 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 people and cost £14 per person.
PUNCH ROOM ‘THE FIVE’ MENU
These Punches are more spirit-forward and carry a sense of their primary ingredients and consequently, place of origin.
Bolleponge: Aqua Vitae, Rose Tea, Citrus Juice, Sugar and Mace.
Arrack Punch: Van Oosten Batavia Arrack, Havana 7 Rum, Citrus Juice, Chai Tea and Honey Essence.
Orchard Punch: Bols Genever, Zuidam Rogge Genever, Orchard Syrup (Cider, Apple Juice, Maraschino Cherries & Saffron) and Cornish Manuka Tea
Boston Club Punch: Ruinart Champagne, Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Havana 3 Rum, Kirsh, Dry Curacao
Pineapple Cordial, Strawberry Syrup, Lemon & Orange Oleo Saccharum
Closer To God Punch: Del Maguey Chichicapa Mescal, Cocchi Americano, White Wine, Lime Juice, Chamomile Soda
Water & Tea:
Handpicked by Henrietta Lovell of The Rare Tea Company, whose incredible teas add a lighter, more delicate and fragrant element to the Punches.
Confession of Love Punch: Rare Earl Grey Tea, Martini Ambrato, Martini Rubino, Rainwater Madeira, Van Oosten Batavia Arrack, Grapefruit Sherbet, Bergamot Essential Oils, Tonka Beans (served warm)
Cold Ruby Punch: Emerald Green Tea — LBV Port by the Dutch Batavia Arrack, Pineapple Cordial, Lemon Sherbet and Nutmeg
EDITION Punch: Silver Tip Jasmine Tea, Portobello Road Gin, Benedictine, Oak-Moss Syrup, Lemon Juice, Orange Flower Water
Toledo Punch: English Peppermint Tea, Absolutely Elyx Vodka, Manzanilla Sherry, Pine Needle Syrup, Lime Juice
Punch a la Diable: EDITION Bespoke Blend Tea, Bacardi 8 Rum, Lemon and Orange sherbet, Wild Forest Pepper and Redcurrant
A range of punches sharper and more palate-awakening.
Punch a la Romaine: Lemon Foam, Plymouth Gin, Dry Curacao, Whole Leaf Green Tea, Ruinart Champagne
George IV Punch: Bitter Orange and Lime Oleo Saccharum, Japanese Sencha Tea, Bilberry Syrup, Pineapple Cordial, Ruinart Champagne
Jamaica Flower Punch: Hibiscus Tea, Lime Juice, Fortaleza Blanco Tequila, Del Maguey Minero Mezcal
Agave Syrup, Blackberry Foam
Non-Such Punch: Citric Acid, Babriel Boudier Kaffir Lime Leaf Liqueur, Belvedere Vodka, Lillet Blanc, Basil Water
Oxford Punch: Lemon and Orange Sherbet, Woodford Reserve Personal Selection, LBV Port, Capillaire Syrup, Sunset Oolong Tea (served either warm or cold)
Punches with rudimentary, natural and unrefined sugars for their complex flavour profile.
Prussian Grandeur Punch: White Sugar, Kummel, Pernod Absinthe, Kirsh, Curacao, Lemon Juice, Spiced Tincture
Queen Punch: Manuka Honey, Cream of Tartar, Smith & Cross Rum, Lemon Peel, Tonka Bean
National Guard 7th Regiment Punch: Raspberry Demerara Syrup, Sauternes, Pineapple Infused Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Orange Oleo Saccharum, Birch Bark Tincture, Aphrodite Bitters
Meriton Latroon’s Bantam Punch: Coconut Palm Syrup (Gula Java), Ambergris Infusion, By the Dutch Batavia Arrack, Lime Juice, Keemun Tea, Nutmeg (served either warm or cold)
Soldier’s Camping Punch: Maple Syrup, Copper Dog Whisky, Cold Brew Coffee, Montenegro Foam
A range of punches with more aromatic depth.
Cider Punch: Lemon and Orange Peel, Manzanilla Sherry, Pisco 1615, Lemon Juice, Curious Apple Cider
Manhattan Punch: Cinnamon & Clove Tincture, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Barolo Chinato, Lemon and Orange Sherbet, Angostura Bitters (served either warm or cold)
Another Beer Punch: Tamarind and Pale Ale Reduction, 3 Chilli Bitters, Del Maguey Minero Mescal, EDITION Bespoke Blend Tea, Apricot Liqueur and Lime Juice
Enotria Punch: Lavender and Thyme Syrup, Banks 7 Rum, White Wine, Lemon Juice, Laphroaig Quarter Cask Spray
Wedding Punch: Ambergris Infusion, Lemon Sherbet, Woodford Reserve Rye, Pineapple Juice, Vanilla Bitter, Ruinart Champagne
Curious & Curiouser
Aside from the classic Milk Punch, Punch Room has adapted a few old recipes and used some modern techniques in this section.
English Milk Punch: Havana 3 Rum, Van Oosten Batavia Arrack, Somerset Cider Brandy, Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Milk Oolong Tea, Pineapple, Cloves, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Star Anise, Orris, Angelica, Coriander seed, Lemon Juice and Full Fat Milk
Egg Wine Punch: Egg, Red Wine, Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Vermouth Del Professore, Citric Acid and Salt
Punch a la Ford: Fords Gin, Silver Tip Jasmine Tea, Lemon Sherbet, Spices, Kamm & Sons (bottle aged)
Snow – Flakes (£3) Seasonal
Punch Pastille by Smith and Sinclair (£3) Seasonal