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Getting Punchy: The Resurging Popularity of Punch

Once upon a time, if you wanted a drink that was short, strong and solid, you didn't reach for the cocktail shaker—those hadn't been invented yet—but rather, for the punch ladle. Dating to at least the early 17th-century and likely originating in India or nearby trade routes, punch was, for centuries, the primary delivery vehicle for an array of distilled spirits, especially those made from sugar cane, such as the fledgling rum or the exotic Batavia arrack. More

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