hot gin punch cocktail

For this one, we must nod to Charles Dickens. In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge’s clerk Bob Cratchit makes a warm, festive drink:

“Turning up his cuffs – as if, poor fellow, they were capable of being made any more shabby – [he] compounded some hot mixture in a jug with gin and lemons and stirred it round and round and put it on the hob to simmer.”

The Recipe

Serving: 1


  • 500ml Fifty Pounds Gin
  • 500ml Cream sherry
  • Dark brown sugar to taste
  • Peel and juice of 1 lemon (or more if you prefer)
  • Peel and juice of 1 orange
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg

How to make or shake it

Place the Fifty Pounds and all other ingredients in a medium-sized pan. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Taste, and add more brown sugar and/or lemon juice to suit your preference.

Pour the mixture into a punch bowl, if you have one, or a jug or if you fancy a teapot. Serve warm.

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