Thirsty? Credit: The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore

A boozy brunch with good company to ring in the weekend is always a good idea. The combination of a lazy late morning, bottomless tipples and perennial breakfast staples arguably make the perfect soothing respite before the reality of Monday comes creeping around the corner. 

Sounds tempting? Then add The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s Republic Bar’s Punch Brunch Sundays to your weekend hit-list. The concept centres around three delectable punch bowls, concocted in collaboration with one of the foremost experts in the cocktail scene: renowned bartender, author, and drinks historian David Wondrich.

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What is punch, exactly? The social drink harkens back to 17th-century India and the East Indies where it was made using native ingredients like arrack, lime juice, palm sugar, and spices. As the drink grew in popularity, more ingredients including London dry gin, sherry wine, and other fancy liqueurs got thrown into the mix.

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Credit:The Ritz Carlton

First unveiled in April last year, the Republic Bar pays homage to the era of the international jet set in the ‘60s, where four cultural epicentres, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Italy, began to cross paths in food and drink.

Acknowledging the endless possibilities this communal beverage offers, Republic Bar has concocted three punch bowls that embody entirely distinct personalities and palettes.

The Paul Jones Punch is dedicated to American clipper ship Paul Jones which combines the classic Michter’s straight rye whiskey with East India sherry, a dash of curacao, citrus juice, sugar, and the fragrant oil of citrus peels.

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Meanwhile, The Straits Gin Cup is a perfect pick-me-up for a lazy Sunday. It’s a gin sling inspired by the tipple gents would drink at the iconic Singapore Cricket Club in 1913; it’s spiced up with Benedictine, cherry brandy, and bitters.

Last but not least, The Chevalier Royale punch references the year 1785, when punch that incorporated fancy French bubbly started to gain popularity. Republic Bar’s iteration is made with Remy Martin VSOP Cognac, Port Wine, lemon orange shrub, and elevated with Telmont Champagne.

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Credit:The Ritz Carlton

The Punch Brunch menu is curated to complement the punch bowls and other cocktails available, with appetisers like the British prawn cocktail with brandy-prawn dressing, mains like the braised beef short rib with potato mousseline, and sweet treats including mini warm chocolate pistachio tarts with vanilla ice cream.

Republic’s Punch Brunch menu ($168 per person) which runs every Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. gives you unlimited pours from all three punch bowls. The set also includes a selection of cocktails, a choice of one appetiser, a main course and a dessert. Else, enjoy a punch bowl ala carte at $250 each which gives you between 12 and 15 servings.

To mark the first anniversary celebrations of Republic Bar this month, FEMALE is giving our readers and Instagram followers a chance to win a Punch Brunch set for two. Additionally, Republic Bar is also treating readers to a 15 per cent discount to its afternoon tea (noon to 5pm) when you flash this article. Offer is valid from May 1 to May 31, excluding the eve of and on public holidays, and special event dates.