Tea Punch Turenne

  • SERVINGS: Makes about 10 drinks

According to David Wondrich, 18th-century punches were made with high-proof, intensely flavored rums. To achieve that "authentic" flavor, he uses Smith & Cross, a widely available Jamaican rum.

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  1. 1 large lemon, thinly sliced and seeded
  2. 1 cup Demerara or other raw sugar
  3. 32 ounces hot strong-brewed black tea, such as Earl Grey
  4. One 750-ml bottle overproof Jamaican rum
  1. In a heatproof punch bowl, combine the lemon wheels and sugar. Stir in the tea. Pour the rum over the floating lemon wheels and let stand for 1 minute. Using a long match, carefully ignite the rum. Let the flames subside or blow them out, then stir.