Light Dragoon’s Punch (South Carolina)

Renée G.


Resurrected from the archives of the Charleston Preservation Society, this antique punch has proven to be one of the most popular drinks at Husk Restaurant. Charleston was the home of the “Light Dragoons”, a pseudo-military society of carousing gentlemen in the late 1700’s who really knew how to throw a party.

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About 50


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4 quarts of black tea
4 cups sugar
1 quart, plus 1 cup lemon juice
1 quart dark rum (jamaican)
4 quarts california brandy (any non-gourmet brandy)
½ pint peach (or apricot) brandy
club soda, for individual servings

Directions Step-By-Step

Make the black tea/lemon juice mixture, stirring in sugar when hot. Add the alcohol. Set aside or bottle for later use.
In a punch bowl place blocks of ice and garnishes of lemon and orange peels. Pour in equal parts of the tea-brandy-rum mixture with club soda into cocktail glass or punch cup.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: American