Inspired by the five classical elements, the award-winning team at Punch Room at The London EDITION, has launched The Five: Volume III – the latest chapter in their hugely popular ‘The Five’ series of cocktail menus.
Whilst Volume I celebrated the five main ingredients of Punch, (Spirits, Water, Citrus, Sugar and Spice), and Volume II focused on key moments in Punch’s illustrious history, the third version is something else altogether. Bar Manager Andy Shannon, formerly of Callooh Callay, has drawn on the five fundamental elements of ancient philosophy – Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Aether – alongside some of Punch Room’s best loved creations to create punch menu, The Five Volume III.
Inspired by our connection with the soil, the seasons and the cycle of fertility, guests can expect aged spirits and ingredients reminiscent of the element, such as roots, grass and wood. The drinks in this section reference ancient cultures, fertility cycles, crystals, goddess Gaia and lumberjacks.
Philosopher’s Punch: Plymouth Gin, Ouzo 12, Salted Roots Rakomelo, Mavromatis Koum Quat liqueur, lemon juice, Sweet Cicely blend
Mother Earth: toasted coconut-infused Barsol Pisco, kaffir lime liqueur, lime juice, mango & black cardamom syrup, Sikkim First Flush tea
Pachamama: heritage carrot-infused Barsol Pisco, Luxardo Cherry Sangue Morlacco liqueur, Earl Grey tea, lime juice, dulche de leche foam
Lumberjack: Beurre Noisette Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Amaro Averna, lemon juice, orange sherbet, maple syrup, Emperor’s Breakfast tea
Bliss: Grey Goose Le Poire Vodka, Californian Chardonnay, St Germain, Peashoot Syrup, lemon juice, green strawberry bitters
Featuring longer and more refreshing drinks, this section focuses on the traditional punch ingredients of Water and, more often, Tea and comes in at a slightly lower ABV. Look out for references to Point Break, the loamy smell of the earth after it’s just rained, whales, icebergs and Deep Purple.
Igloo Punch: Ruinart Brut, Da Mhile Seaweed Gin, Cloudberry Liqueur, lemon sherbet, green tea, lemon juice, ambergris, lemon sorbet
Francis’ Punch: Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Campari, Rinquinquin a la Peche, saffron, Cornish Manuka tea, lemon juice
Blackmore Punch: Chocolate Kirsch, pear liqueur, hazelnut, Lapsang Souchong
Tropic like it’s hot: Tropical Old Tom gin, Plantation Pineapple, Trois Riviere Agricole Rhum, passion fruit ketchup, lime juice, vanilla syrup, coconut water
Jebena Punch: Fords Gin, Cascara Tea, Discarded Vermouth, Galliano Ristretto, Mr Black Amaro, coffee foam
No, this isn’t the section for fiery Margaritas, but spice is front and centre alongside ingredients that challenge the palate with inspiration drawn from Greek mythology, Space and the Great Fire of London.
Prometheus: Mezcal Pierde Almas, butter-washed Mastiha, Amaro Montenegro, Pu-Erh tea, fennel pollen syrup, lime juice
Fire Star Punch: Martini Bitter, Martini Rubino, Mellow Corn, Wild Turkey Rye, red pepper cordial, Hibiscus
Yanartas Punch: olive oil Hendricks Orbium, Cardamom water, lime & long pepper syrup, lemon juice, orange blossom water
Pudding Lane: Beefeater Dry Gin, Bergamoto Quaglia, gunpowder tea, lemon and lime, ginger beer, croissant foam
Maillard: Agave syrup, Fortaleza, cocoa husk tea, pistachio cream
Just as altitude effects taste, this section plays with subtle flavour variations and airy textures – think foams and egg punches!
Father Sky: Chivas 12, kiwi syrup, lime juice, cloud tea, Veirmut
High Altitude: Audemus Umami Spirit, Absolut Elyx, Malbec, sundried tomato syrup, milk oolong, soy sauce, lemon juice
Low Altitude: Portobello Sea Edition, Martini Ambrato, lemongrass tea, lemon sherbet, lemon juice
Wright Brothers: coffee-washed Star of Bombay, Maraschino, Blue Curacao, Crème de Violette, Chamomile
Monsoon Punch: Ceylon Arrack, Porto 2013, Indian Rose Petal tea, lime juice, ccc syrup
Born of the works of Aristotle, the Aether conjures up the intangible, the elusive and the spiritual. These drinks don’t necessarily make easy reading on paper, but there is reward there if you are willing to try, much like the works of the great Romantic poets, who plucked their fleeting moments of enlightenment straight from the mystical whorl of the Aether.
Newton: Somerset Cider Brandy 10yr, Calvados, apple liqueur, apple juice, apple & tea cordial, apple cider, lemon juice
E=MC²: elderflower, melon juice, cucumber juice, carrot syrup, Seedlip garden, lemon juice
Cosmic Ramos: Hibiscus Banks 5 Rum, banana liqueur, egg white, lemon juice, lime juice, vanilla, orange flower water, almond milk
Pinga: Yaguara Cachaça Ouro, Vermouth Del Professore, lime juice, mint syrup, Mexican Cedron tea
The sixth (and final) chapter of the new menu celebrates some of Punch Room’s most-loved drinks from previous years, that the team couldn’t bear to part with.
Orchard Punch: Bols Genever, Zuidam Rogge Genever, Orchard Syrup, Cornish Manuka Tea
Larkin: Bols Genever Barrel Aged, Kernel IPA syrup, lime sherbet, green tea, orange
Grog: Plantation Rum OFTD, lime juice, nutmeg syrup, grapefruit sherbet, manuka tea
American Whisky Punch: Woodford Rye, mandarin sherbet, lemon juice, EDITION blend tea, Amer Picon
English Milk Punch: Havana 3 Rum, Van Oosten Arrack, Somerset Cider Brandy, milk oolong tea, cloves, pineapple, nutmeg, cloves, pineapple, nutmeg, star anise, orris, angelica, coriander seed lemon juice, full fat milk
Each Punch is £14 per person and can be served individually or in Punch Room’s exclusive range of vintage punch bowls.21