Folks like to say that Americans invented the cocktail, but Curtis discusses the thesis from a forthcoming book (Punch: The Delights and Dangers of the Flowing Bowl) that cocktails actually evolved from Olde World punch.
Which is perfectly believable. Really, what’s the difference between a cocktail and punch? Take the much beloved Vodka and Cranberry juice “cocktail”—how exactly is it different from spiked punch? Answer: It isn’t.
It’s a provocative read, and we’re pleased that Curtis keeps delivering good hooch writing. You can read his blog at http://www.slowcocktails.com/.