Cocktail of the Week: Hot Gin Punch

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

hot gin punch cocktail


(approx. 6 servings)

480mls gin

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.