Badminton Cup

  • SERVINGS: Makes about 8 drinks

This punch was originally served in the mid-1800s at Badminton House, the Duke of Beaufort's manor in Gloucestershire, England, and site of the first badminton game in the U.K.

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  1. Strips of peel from 1/2 cucumber
  2. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  3. Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  4. One 750-ml bottle dry red wine, such as Bordeaux
  5. 16 ounces chilled club soda
  6. Ice, preferably 1 large block
  1. In a small punch bowl, combine the cucumber peel, sugar and nutmeg. Add the wine and stir until the sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Stir in the club soda, then add ice.