Hot gin punch

By Erin Henderson
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This is the exception to the rule of heating spirits. Almost taking a cue from a mulled wine, this is a very traditional Christmas drink, that is mentioned in dickens’ A Christmas Carol. You can use sherry or Madeira in place of the port if you want. 



  • 750 milliliters London Dry Gin
  • 750 milliliters Port (or another sweet, fortified wine)
  • A few sliced of lemon
  • A few slices of orange
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 90 milliliters fresh lemon juice
  • 30 milliliters honey
  • Pinch of nutmeg


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pot and simmer gently over low heat for about 20 minutes to let the flavours infuse. Strain into a punch bowl and float fresh citrus slices pierced with cloves on top. Place a rosemary twig in punch cups and allow guests to ladle themselves. 


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