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PUNCH ROOM LAUNCHES THEIR ‘THE FIVE: VOLUME III’ COCKTAIL MENU

The Punch Room at The London EDITION have just launched 'The Five: Volume III' - the latest chapter in their hugely popular ‘The Five’ series of cocktail menus. Drawing on the five fundamental elements of ancient philosophy - Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Aether – alongside some of Punch Room’s best loved creations to create a menu of innovative new punches inspired by everything from lumberjacks to Sir Isaac Newton.

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, 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.

In the ancient world, Aristotle’s theory was that these five classical elements made up everything around us, with the first four comprising the terrestrial region we could experience with our senses, and the fifth element – Aether - the celestial region we couldn’t. Punch began making its mark on the world in the early 16th Century, and around that time, these elements became the building blocks for the Scientific Revolution and, later, the Enlightenment. Much like the modern world of cocktails, this concept made use of everything from scientific thought to philosophy and mythology.

EARTH
Representing the first of the elements, this section is the perfect place to start with this (admittedly ethereal) cocktail menu. 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
undefinedPlymouth Gin, Ouzo 12, Salted Roots Rakomelo, Mavromatis Koum Quat liqueur, lemon juice, Sweet Cicely blend

MOTHER EARTH
undefinedToasted coconut-infused Barsol Pisco, kaffir lime liqueur, lime juice, mango & black cardamom syrup, Sikkim First Flush tea


LUMBERJACK
undefinedBeurre Noisette Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Amaro Averna, lemon juice, orange sherbet, maple syrup, Emperor’s Breakfast tea

BLISS
undefinedGrey Goose Le Poire Vodka, Californian Chardonnay, St Germain, Peashoot Syrup, lemon juice, green strawberry bitters

WATER
Commonly associated with emotion and intuition, Water is the element we seem to connect with as humans the most, from the life-giving freshness of the rain to the unfathomable depths of the ocean. 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.

TROPIC LIKE IT'S HOT
undefinedTropical Old Tom gin, Plantation Pineapple, Trois Riviere Agricole Rhum, passion fruit ketchup, lime juice, vanilla syrup, coconut water

JEBENA PUNCH
undefinedFords Gin, Cascara Tea, Discarded Vermouth, Galliano Ristretto, Mr Black Amaro, coffee foam

FIRE
The most metaphysical element yet, Fire brings fundamental energy and passion and also great destruction. 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

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

AIR
Lightness and delicacy are king in this section, with a touch of intelligence and ethereality thrown in for good measure. Just as altitude effects taste, this section plays with subtle flavour variations and airy textures – think foams and egg punches!

HIGH ALTITUDE
undefinedAudemus Umami Spirit, Absolut Elyx, Malbec, sundried tomato syrup, milk oolong, soy sauce, lemon juice

LOW ALTITUDE 
undefinedPortobello Sea Edition, Martini Ambrato, lemongrass tea, lemon sherbet, lemon juice

WRIGHT BROTHERS
undefinedCoffee-washed Star of Bombay, Maraschino, Blue Curacao, Crème de Violette, Chamomile

MONSOON PUNCH
undefinedCeylon Arrack, Porto 2013, Indian Rose Petal tea, lime juice, ccc syrup

AETHER
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
undefinedSomerset Cider Brandy 10yr, Calvados, apple liqueur, apple juice, apple & tea cordial, apple cider, lemon juice

Each Punch is £14 per person and can be served individually or in Punch Room’s exclusive range of vintage punch bowls.