Hey, have you followed the whole punch revival that's been sweeping the globe? Punch is so big among cocktail thinkers it’s ‘the next craze,’ says The Times, it’s big in Asia, it’s big in the history of Western drinking, and now it’s big in Minneapolis—the Marvel Bar has stocked up on a selection of big silver punch bowls and will be featuring half a dozen punches from here into eternity, for your individual and/or group-drinking pleasure.
Here’s the deal: Starting now, at Marvel Bar—that which is beneath the Bachelor Farmer, and the showcase for nationally important and always charming bartender and showman Pip Hanson—is offering half a dozen punches, available by the big silver punch bowl and designed to serve six to 10 soon-to-be-punch-drunk revelers. The most affordable, a weekly punch at $5 a glass or $50 a bowl, is introduced on Mondays, and if they run out by Friday they run out, there is no more $5 a glass punch.
Next are a couple of $75 punches, one a classic lemon, brandy, nutmeg-spiced version, another in a more contemporary vein, with rosemary, campari, gin, and grapefruit. Then there are two very spendy punches, a $125 option with sake, rosé, and gin, and a $200 option with real French bubbly and a whole lot more, including yellow chartreuse and peach. I tried a punch of the week and: Fun! It was delicious and lemony, but more importantly fun and sexy-cool, in the great Marvel Bar style, served in this big silver bowl that looked straight out of Buckingham Palace. Floating in the middle was a massive, sleeping-small-cat sized piece of mega-ice, so the punch would have stayed cold all through a nice long holiday party. Because you’re thinking Christmas, right? Right? Well, of course you’re not.
Still, put this in the back of your mind for the holiday season, because when you are thinking Christmas, this is going to be the easiest/cheapest/fancy way to take your group/team/back rub circle, etc. out for something definitely Christmas-party like, without having to find funds for a full-scale Christmas party.
And while you’re there, why not a round of pickled eggs? As of today, Marvel Bar is expanding its legendary Cheetos-only snack menu to include ginger-curry pickled eggs, cinnamon-paprika Gorp, and marinated olives. So you can sit around eating pickled eggs and drinking punch, as one imagines the little guy in the little top hat from the Monopoly board used to do. Oh, and don’t think Marvel Bar is new to this whole punch craze, Pip Hanson tells me they’ve been doing a weekly punch for a year and a half, but he wouldn’t tell me what ginwater is, except that it’s $4 a liter, is a bottle of water with a tablespoon of gin in it, and you basically have to be there drinking a lot to understand why it exists at all, it’s a bartender thing. But will it be the next bartender thing to turn into a craze to sweep the globe? Stay tuned . . .