Punch comes to us from British sailors returning from India. They had picked up a refreshing drink that mixed liquor with fruit juice, sugar, and water, with spices or tea. It became quite the craze back in the 18th century and was spread across Europe and the Americas. In Europe, they tended to use brandy for punch, but in the US rum was more available, being locally produced. Punches are, for the most part, simple yet very tasty drinks, and most recipes are designed to be made in large quantities for sharing from a bowl.

Recipe

Punch is meant to be made in large quantities and shared. Serves 10

  • 2 cups strong black tea (hot)
  • 1⁄2 cup demerara sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups golden rum
  • garnish: nutmeg

Mix the tea and sugar until sugar is dissolved and then chill the mixture. Add lime and rum, and chill. Serve in a punch bowl over a big ice block. Grate some nutmeg over each cup served.