What’s old is new again pretty often in the bar business. But few new libations go back as far, or are as fashionable now, as the centuries-old British sailor’s tipple called punch. It appeals to contemporary clientele as the next step in the craft cocktail renaissance and the centerpiece of a revived social ritual. “The punch bowl encourages a different way of drinking and interacting with people,” said Robert Haynes, senior bartender at The Violet Hour in Chicago, ...

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