Chatham Artillery Punch Recipe

Cognac, Bourbon, Rum, Lemon, Sugar
Photo for Aubrey Joy Schuster
A southern punch that pre-dates the confederacy, this Georgia original is one of the most potent punch recipes you'll find and is perfectly capable of subduing any army of guests. The process of making the shrub (lemon/sugar syrup) used in the recipe takes some time and practice, but gives the concoction an old-fashioned authenticity and flavor. This recipe makes quite a large volume and is suitable for a substantial gathering of friends. Because of this, we advise that it's mixed where it will be served.

Chatham Artillery Punch Ingredients

1 750 ml Bottle Cognac
1 750 ml Bottle Bourbon
1 750 ml Bottle Jamaican Rum
3 Bottles Champagne
12 Lemons
16oz Lemon juice
2 Cups Sugar
5 lb bag of cracked ice

How to make a Chatham Artillery Punch

  1. Carefully peel the lemons, taking care to avoid the white rind, and place them in a bowl with the sugar. Muddle and set aside. Let sit for roughly 2-3 hours, muddling occasionally. Add the lemon juice and stir until sugar is dissolved. Transfer this liquid into an empty 750 ml bottle, fill with water and refrigerate for 1 hour or until cool.
  2. To make Punch: Fill your punch bowl with the bag of Ice and add the bottle or rum, whiskey, and cognac, along with your mixture and stir. When ready to serve add the champagne and Lemon Wheels for garnish.