1 oz Swedish Punsch [Kronan]
1 oz White Rum [Privateer]
1/2 oz Bully Boy Amaro
1/2 oz Oloroso Sherry
Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.
Wow, has it only been a month since the last Bottle Swap post? Time flies when you’re not posting much (I know, I know…I’ve been a little lax lately). Anyway, here we are, talking Swedish Punsch. As usual, head over to Garnish Girl’s corner of the internet to see what Katie did with her half of the bottle in the Doctor Bird.
Let’s start with the basics – that is, what the hell exactly is Swedish Punsch? First things first, it’s not a “punch” at all, not in the way most people are familair with the word. Punsch actually refers to the method of creating this liqueur – combining alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and spices or tea. The alcohol in this case is a blend of Batavia Arrack and rum, along with a healthy dose of island spices. After all, this stuff was created in the early 1700s by the Swedish East Indies Co. They were already importing Batavia Arrack from Java, and their sailors started taking their rations of booze and combined them with the local spices. The interplay of the of the spirits and spices was quite tasty, and a new drink was born. Eventually, companies started bottling these concoctions for sale, and Swedish Punsch was born.
Given its components, Swedish Punsch is both familiar and odd at the same time. The classic molasses sweetness from the rum is certainly there, but with a little extra funk from the Arrack. All the spices take that familiarity in a different direction, and even to different places depending on your mindset. You could easily drift to a tropical tiki paradise, or get cozy under all the warm spices. This makes it a rather versatile bottle.
For the Field Promotion, I doubled down on the rum component and split the base between the Punsch and a local white rum. High notes came in the form of Bully Boy Amaro (more local love), which has citrus and hops flavors abound. Finally, a nutty oloroso sherry provided a complex foundation for it all to rest on. There were lots of aromas swirling above the glass, from the spices in the punsch to the citrus and botanicals in the Amaro. The sip was smooth at first, but the sharp edges from the Amaro worked their way through. Sherry brought out the cozier side of the spices in the punsch, helping everything finish with an inviting warmth on the swallow.
I’m certainly excited to have this bottle in my arsenal, and I can wait to try to take things in a more tiki direction. Reaping the rewards of the Bottle Swap never gets old, so find a friend, pick some bottles, and gets to swapping yourself (and don’t forget to check out Katie’s drink)!