Charleston’s St. Cecilia Punch

MSGI-charleston-savannah-multisport-12This lethal punch is served often during Charleston’s winter social season and goes back to the gatherings of a musical society in that very old and sophisticated city. Collect your guests’ car keys and make up the spare bedrooms if you intend on serving in quantity.

1 pint of brandy

1 orange and two lemons, thinly sliced

2 cups of demerara sugar

6 tea bags

1 pint of rum

3 bottles of champagne, chilled

2 liters of club soda, chilled

2 cups of pineapple juice, chilled

Marinate the fruit slices overnight in the brandy. Dissolve the sugar by heating in two cups of boiling water. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for ten to fifteen minutes and remove bags. Let cool thoroughly and combine all ingredients in a large silver punch bowl or…chamber pot, if you have no punch bowl. Add a large block of ice in order to minimize dilution of the spirits.

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