Punch House, Chicago
I finally made it here after months of reading rave reviews in local media. You’ll find it in the basement of the building supporting the Dusek’s & Thalia Hall team that are now in full swing in Pilsen.
Reminiscent of a 1970s home basement bar, the menu focuses largely on cocktail punches as the name suggests.
I opted for two of the classic punches I felt I might not be able to find elsewhere.
Milk Punch 1711
Good Brandy, Lemon, Whey, Nutmeg (raspberry garnish)
A lightly sweet drink balanced with the clear creaminess of whey and the spice of nutmeg. Simple enough to please many palates, I could have drank and suggested this all night.
Rack Punch 1600s
Batavia Arrack, Black Tea, Lime, Raw Sugar & Rosewater
Fresh, tart and polarizing in it’s floral aromatics and taste, this punch is not for the faint of taste buds. Likened to a Negroni’s feminine cousin, I would save this suggestion for more experienced connoisseurs.