Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 1:58pm

Holiday season is punch season for cocktail lovers. The word punch originated from the Sanskrit Panc, meaning "five", as the drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices. (Strong, sweet, sour, weak, and spice)

The drink was brought to England from India by sailors and employees of the British East India Company in the early 17th century. From there it was introduced into other European countries, and the rest is history. For a simple yet very delicious punch, try out the Limmer’s Punch with Fords Gin:

1 bottle (750 milliliters) Fords Gin

10 ounces fresh lemon juice

10 ounces rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water), see note

Orange blossom water, to taste

1 bottle (750 milliliters) sparkling water, chilled

Lemon wheels to garnish