Tea Punch Turenne

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. Cocktail Party Recipes

10 drinks


  • 1 large lemon, thinly sliced and seeded

  • 1 cup Demerara or other raw sugar

  • 32 ounces hot strong-brewed black tea, such as Earl Grey

  • 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.

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