Gin Punch


Preparation info

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Appears in

How to Cook The Victorian Way with Mrs Crocombe

How to Cook The Victorian Way with Mrs Crocombe

By Annie Gray and Andrew Hann

Published 2020

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Per Mug

  • 30 ml/1 fl oz gin
  • 30 ml/1 fl oz ginger wine or brandy
  • 2 slices of lemon
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • generous pinch each of ground cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • hot water, to top up the mug


    Punch was a ubiquitous party drink for the Victorians and recipe books of the time list a huge variety, from the cheap to the much more expensive. It was a drink designed for sharing, whether after dinner – when it could be mixed at the table in a male-only ritual generally ending in disarray – or at celebrations. This one is at the cheaper end of the scale, using gin, which was still only just losing its whiff of danger and desperation after being banned in the early 18th century, and ginger wine (or brandy). Good for a party, such as that held in the Audley End servants’ hall after Christmas every year, it is also medicinal, or at least it might be. To make it, just mix all the ingredients together.