Toledo Punch

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Based on the recipe given by Harry Johnson in his Bartender’s Manual, 1882. Johnson, a straight-talking Californian, opened his first bar in Chicago around 1868.

What You’ll Need

Serves 90

Stage 1

  • 450 g sugar (or less to taste)
  • 1 litre soda water
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 litre (50 cl) cognac
  • 1 small bunch wintergreen or mint sprigs
  • 2 washed oranges – thinly sliced into half rings
  • 5-6 washed and halved strawberries and seedless grapes

Stage 2

  • 3 x 75 cl bottles champagne
  • 1/2 litre/50 cl ordinary brandy
  • 2 x 75 cl bottles claret
  • 2 x 75 cl bottles white Rhine wine
  • 3 litres water

How To Make

To a large punch bowl add all stage 1 ingredients. Once the sugar has dissolved, add all stage 2 ingredients. Add a block of ice and serve.

Alcohol Content

1.1 units

Type of Glass

Wine Glass

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