Recipe Punch from Abruzzo

Discussion in 'Beverages, Drinks and Smoothies' started by medtran49, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    There was a high-end Italian restaurant owned and run by a family from Abruzzo that we used to absolutely love. Unfortunately, it closed after several years because the chef/owner burned out and couldn't deal with the pressure of so much work anymore. Most of the times we went, he'd serve us either their homemade limoncello or what he called punch, which was a brown, syrupy drink. While we can buy limoncello locally, though we prefer our homemade, we have never been able to find punch. I finally found some on line, but by the time shipping is added, it's going to be the better part of $80 for a single bottle that we aren't even sure is the right thing. Now, we've paid that much or more for a bottle of wine or champagne from time to time, but those have been well known houses with proven track records. One day recently, I decided to look again for a recipe for homemade punch, but this time I got the idea of googling in Italian. Yea, success! I found 2 recipes. One just with mandarin orange zest and sugar, the other with the addition of cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla. In both, part of the sugar is caramelized to a deep golden brown, basically nearly burnt. I just got finished zesting 3 pounds of mandarins and put the divided zest in 2 bottles of grain alcohol. I'll add the other spices in 1 bottle. They have to sit for 7 days now, then get the sugar, then sit for at least another 7 days. Recipe to follow after we taste and see which one we like better.
     
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  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Fascinating. I would never have thought there was an Italian punch - I thought it was Afro Caribbean or British in origin which shows how much I know

    I wonder if @MypinchofItaly knows about this drink.
     
  3. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Yes she does. We had a discussion about limoncello and punch on here a while back. She knew of the drink, but not a recipe. I actually also had a private conversation with her recently because 1 of the recipes gives the water in grams, rather than mL, and that had me confused. She was gracious enough to give me an explanation why.
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2018
  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Brilliant - I do love these connections. :D
     
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  5. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
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  6. MypinchofItaly

    MypinchofItaly Über Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Location:
    Milano (Italy)
    Great. And to think that in Italy now the Punch has become a bit old-fashioned, it is found in some pub among other liquors but it is not very considered, a part in Abruzzo.
    It is also very rare that at the restaurant or in some tavern at the end of the meal they propose the Punch. The two most popular liqueurs are limoncello and myrtle. I think, however, that it is instead very used mixed to make some cocktails
     

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