Punch serves up communal drinking

The centuries-old drink finds contemporary fans

What’s old is new again pretty often in the bar business. But few new libations go back as far, or are as fashionable now, as the centuries-old British sailor’s tipple called punch. It appeals to contemporary clientele as the next step in the craft cocktail renaissance and the centerpiece of a revived social ritual.

“The punch bowl encourages a different way of drinking and interacting with people,” said Robert Haynes, senior bartender at The Violet Hour in Chic

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