Dickens' Hot Gin Punch
  • Servings: 6-8
  • 3 teacups of Hendrick‚Äôs gin
  • 3 teacups of Madeira wine
  • 3 cloves
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 6 large lemon and orange twists
  • Small slice of orange
  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 4 large spoons of honey
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  1. 1. Mix all the ingredients in saucepan and place on the heat. Let the mixture simmer without boiling for 20 -30 minutes. While it cooks balance the sweet/sour taste with honey and lemon to your taste. You can also re-warm the mix; the punch arguably gets better and better the longer it simmers.
  2. 2. When you're satisfied with the mixture, pour into a teapot and serve hot in tea cups with slices of gingerbread on the side. Alternatively, serve form a traditional punch bowl.
Supposedly, this is the gin punch that Dickens describes being made by Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield.