Punches have been around for eons – the first is said to have been created in India. The word "punch" derives from pañca, meaning "five," or the five key ingredients it's made from, namely: alcohol, sugar, fruit juice, water or tea and spices. Punches made their way to the United Kingdom via sailors employed by the British East India Trading Company. The earliest known written mention of English punch was recorded way back in 1632. It was originally made with brandy. This recipe – Fancy Bourbon Punch – is a relative of Southern Bourbon Punch, which is made with sweet tea, bourbon and citrus.