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Gaelic Punch
© Tina Rupp

Gaelic Punch

  • SERVINGS: Makes about 14 drinks

For hot punches, young Irish whiskeys work best. Heat intensifies the tannic edge of older whiskeys; young ones stay smooth.

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  1. Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
  2. 3/4 cup Demerara or other raw sugar
  3. 40 ounces boiling water
  4. One 750-ml bottle Irish whiskey
  5. Strips of zest from 6 lemons, plus 6 thin lemon slices, each studded with 4 cloves, for garnish
  1. In a heatproof bowl, muddle the lemon zest with the sugar. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours. Muddle again, add 8 ounces boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Strain into a warm heatproof bowl and stir in the whiskey. Add the remaining 32 ounces of boiling water and garnish with the studded lemon slices and nutmeg.