Georgian Brandy Punch

Like a martini, this basic punch is entirely satisfying on its own, but it could also be customized or modified in myriad ways.

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  • Servings: Makes 10 to 12 drinks

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  • Strips of zest from 3 lemons
  • 3/4 cup Demerara or other raw sugar
  • 6 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • One 750-ml bottle VSOP Cognac
  • 32 ounces cold water
  • Ice, preferably 1 large block
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. In a punch bowl, muddle the lemon zest with the sugar. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours. Muddle again, add the lemon juice and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the Cognac and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Stir in the water, add ice and garnish with the nutmeg.

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