September 20th, 2016 is National Punch Day.

Take a page from the history books with a classic rum punch recipe designed with the original ingredients and methods in mind. Designed to last for long sailing voyages from Europe to Asia, punch was a combination of spirit, citrus, spice, and water that eventually became a mainstay in London where sailors posted after their journeys abroad.

While punch might get a bad rap nowadays thanks to syrupy sweet versions, recipes designed with the historic ingredients in place are well-balanced, delicious, and perfect for at home entertaining. Large format recipes like punch make entertaining easy, stress-free and enjoyable.

The Endeavor Punch, created by noted cocktail writer David Wondrich, mixes the complex, full-flavored blend of BANKS 7 Golden Age Blend with lime juice, Rainwater Madeira, Lemon Oleo Saccharum, cold water, and Orange Curacao for a sophisticated and worldly punch.

Must Mix: Endeavor Punch for National Punch Day

Endeavor Punch

Photo Courtesy of Banks Rum

Endeavor Punch

Created by David Wondrich

Ingredients:

  • 34 oz. BANKS 7 Golden Age Blend
  • 17 oz. Rainwater Madeira
  • 8 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
  • 17 oz. Cold Water
  • 2 1/2 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao
  • Lemon Oleo Saccharum

Preparation: Combine and stir in the Oleo-Saccharum until the sugar dissolves. Chill before serving.

To Serve: Add to a punchbowl filled with one large block of ice, then drape the ends of the lemon peels reserved from the Oleo Saccharum over the sides of the bowl.

Glassware: 3 oz. punch glasses.

Garnish: Grated nutmeg over the top of the punch in the bowl.

To serve such an elegant recipe, use a punch bowl and glassware inspired by 19th century serveware – silver ladles, a roomy stoneware bowl and stemmed glasses. The David Wondrich Classic Collection is available from Cocktail Kingdom, $24.95 to $64.95.