Monday, May 10, 2010

Lowcountry Punch

Charleston parties were once known for their vats of potent tea-based concoctions like this one. Use rye whiskey, Irish whiskey, or brandy for the whiskey in the ingredient list.

Prep Time: 14 minutes
Other Time: 1 hour
Yield: Makes 11 cups
1 1/2 cups boiling water
4 green tea bags
1/2 to 1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups whiskey
1 1/2 cups rum
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup orange liqueur
1 (32-oz.) bottle seltzer water, chilled
1. Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and steep 4 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar until dissolved, adding additional sugar (up to 1/2 cup) if desired. Combine tea, whiskey, and next 3 ingredients in a pitcher. Cover and chill 1 to 4 hours. Stir in seltzer water. Serve over ice.

Note: We tested with Triple Sec orange liqueur.

Adapted from Charleston Receipts, Southern Living, MARCH 2010

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