Our first special offer this month is a stunning sterling silver punch ladle from Hall, Hewson & Brower. This beautiful ladle features a charming braid and heart design on the handle, along with an “R” monogram. Sterling silver of this caliber - doesn't come along very often, so start at the link below to order yours today. This ladle also makes a great gift for the host or hostess of the next party you attend.
Punch bowls and ladles have been common household items since the mid 1600s. The earliest punch bowls were ceramic, and often intricately decorated. The accompanying punch ladles looked much the same as they do today, with long handles and an upturned bowl, although some of the more elaborate ladles showcased handles made from carved whalebone or wood.
The first version of punch is thought to have been created sometime in the early 1600s. This drink, which typically consisted of five main ingredients (liquor, sugar, citrus juice, spices, and water), was first created by either natives of India or by British sailors using ingredients they found in India. The name “punch” is believed to be derived from the Indian word “panch” or “five,” signifying the five basic ingredients that make up the drink (although this, too, is in dispute; the name may also be a shortened form of the word “puncheon,” a cask for spirits or wine). Punch is the first known mixed drink to incorporate a distilled spirit, and the alcohol portion of early-1600s punches was arrack – a type of liquor made using coconut flowers, sugarcane, fruit, or rice.
By the 1650s punch had become a standard drink on British sailing vessels, and it was soon equally popular on land, where the communal punch bowl became a fixture in British “punch houses,” taverns, and homes alike. When punch first arrived in England, the arrack used in India was replaced with brandy, beer, or wine, although rum soon became the standard spirit of choice. Punch reigned supreme until the early- to mid-1800s, when the cocktail came into vogue. Cocktails (which are, in essence, punch made in individual glasses), have been the most prevalent way to imbibe mixed drinks ever since, although in recent years there has been a revival of interest in classic punch recipes from the 17th and 18th centuries.
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