The British and other Sailors that experienced a drink in India during the heavy spice trading time, called Pancha ….or a similar spelling which means 5 in Hindustani. Pancha Bhoota represents the 5 basic elements of life and also……..Pancha….later became “Punch”.
The 5 Basic elements of Punch are…
A Spirit (usually Arrack a funky rum )
1668 from the book The English Rogue, Continued, in the Life of Meriton Latroon and Other Extravagants. by Richard Head , yes that was this authors real name Richard Head
This punch was from the 1600’s and some of the ingredients are unfamiliar to me but It is fun to read about what the sailors were drinking then. It is the basic 5 item punch style except it has this seasoning from a sperm whale bluber called Ambergis, tha
to read about it go here Here are the ingredients
This is a rum like spirit and the wonderful description and history is here at Drink Dispatch
This is called Ambergis and comes from a Sperm Whale and simplified it is clotted fat.
Rum Punch circa 1770
The peel of 8 Oranges and 8 Lemons in 1 quart of rum. 3 Gallons of Water boild with 3 lb. of loaf Sugar and the Whites of 8 Eggs. 2 and 3/4 pints of orange juice and 1 and 3/4 Pints of Lemon juice. strain the quart of rum from the Peel and add one Gallon more of rum to rest of the ingredients.”
—A Colonial Plantation Cookbook: The Receipt Book of Harriott Pinckney Horry, 1770, [South Carolina] edited with an Introduction by Richard J. Hooker [University of South Carolina Press:Columbia SC] 1984 (p. 139)