A Touch of Dickens: Tanqueray Finest Gin Punch
And, in Dickens' "Scrooge," the miser's assistant, Bob Cratchit, is heard to compliment his dear wife's gin punch as the finest in London.
For a Christmas party, a proper Dickensian Gin Punch sets a festive mood.
So, how does one make a gin punch, and should you use just any gin? The answer to the second, for me, is, No. Don't just use any gin unless pressed by budget or circumstances (i.e. you are snowed in, and can't get out of the driveway).
Tanqueray is my gin of choice. I have tried this recipe and heartily recommend it.
Bloomsbury Punch: 10 oz. Tanqueray Gin; 6 oz of Fresh Lemon Juice; 10 oz. Earl Grey Tea; 7 oz Granulated White Sugar; 0.5 oz Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters. In a punch bowl, combine all ingredients. Stor until sugar is incorporated. Garnish with lemon wheels. Reheat if necessary but do not bring to a boil. Served 8.
Not a Snowball's Chance Punch: 8 oz Tanqueray; 4 oz Vanilla Liqueur (Licor 43); 6 oz Fresh Stirrings Clarified Key Lime Juice; 4 oz Stirrings Simple Syrup; 8 oz Cold Water;1 Half oz. Peychaud's Bitters; 1 bottle Champagne. Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Top with champagne. Garnish with Cinnamon Sticks (glass only), Cloves & Lemon Wheels – lemon wheel with the cloves (just a couple) pierced through the meat of the fruit (in bowl and glass). Serves 8.
The End Zone Cider: 10 oz. Tanqueray; 2 oz Creme de Cassis; 6 oz Fresh Stirrings Clarified Key Lime Juice; 6 oz Ginger Syrup; 4 oz Stirrings Simple Syrup; 1 oz Angostura Bitters; 1 Quart Hot Apple Ciders. Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Garnish with blackberries and lemon wheels. Reheat if necessary but do not bring to a boil.