About Us

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Welcome to PUNCH.

We’re a James Beard Award-winning online magazine in collaboration with Ten Speed Press focused on narrative journalism—both written and visual—about wine, spirits, beer and cocktails.

We fell in love with drinks because they weren’t just another way to catch a buzz, but a means to discover the sense of “place” psychologically ingrained into a region over centuries—or a peek into a specific era and its ambitions. In America, our invention of the cocktail may not have the sanction of ages that Europe’s history with wine has, but guess what: Our early penchant for mixing wines and spirits, tossing them in a glass and turning it into entertainment—it’s ours. Some might call it adulteration; we’d call it the very spirit of reinvention and experimentation that has come to define America itself.

Our goal is to capture the ethos that’s driving drinks forward: the connection of beverage to tradition and place, the passion to innovate and yes—fun. We also believe that the wine, cocktail, beer and spirits worlds share more in common than they probably realize. We want to bring them together and shine a light on the many places where their values are entwined.

While stories are the core of the PUNCH vision, we’re also bent on becoming a one-stop font for everything from drinks-related travel to mixing the perfect Manhattan. So we’ve built a library of editor-tested cocktail recipes, City Guides and an A-Z guide to drink. We hope you dig it.

EDITOR IN CHIEF | Talia Baiocchi 
MANAGING EDITOR | Bianca Prum
SENIOR EDITOR | Lizzie Munro
ASSISTANT EDITOR | Chloe Frechette
SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR | Allison Hamlin
SENIOR CONTRIBUTING EDITOR | Jon Bonné 
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR | Megan Krigbaum

[Illustration: Kaye Blegvad]

The Punch A-Z

Swizzle Stick

1. (n.) A bartending tool used to make swizzle drinks, this thin wand comes with short, skewed prongs on one end. While traditionally made of wood from the Caribbean swizzlestick tree (Quararibea turbinata), modern versions can be manufactured from metal, plastic or other woods. A bar spoon can be used as a substitute. 2. The […]

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