This hot punch, inspired by Bob Cratchit’s concoction in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and flavoured with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, is like Christmas in a glass.
“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.” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Hot Gin Punch
(approx. 6 servings)
480mls sweet Madeira wine
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar (or more if you prefer)
Peel and juice of 1 lemon (or more if you prefer)
Peel and juice of 1 orange
1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
3 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of ground nutme
Put all the ingredients in a medium-sized pan over a medium heat.
Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes
Taste and adjust the balance of flavours with more brown sugar or more lemon juice as you prefer.
Pour the mixture into a jug, punch bowl or even a teapot and serve warm.