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Course: Drinks
Keyword: Cape Fear Punch, Cocktails, Drinks, Holidays, Rum, Whiskey

Cape Fear Punch

ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 day 30 minutes
Yield: 40 (4-ounce) servings
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For the base

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle rye whiskey
  • 25 fluid ounces water
  • 1/2 cup Demerara sugar
  • 3 bags green tea
  • 13 fluid ounces rum
  • 13 fluid ounces Cognac
  • 4 lemons, zested

For the punch

  • 2 small oranges, thinly sliced
  • 4 small lemons, thinly sliced
  • 2 (750 ml) bottles sparkling wine or Champagne
  • 1 liter seltzer or sparkling water
  • Ice block
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Specialized Hardware

Electric kettle
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 day 30 minutes
Yield: 40 (4-ounce) servings


  • For the base: Pour the rye whiskey into a 4-quart container. Fill the now-empty rye whiskey bottle with water, pour into an electric kettle, and bring to a boil. Add the sugar and stir until the temperature drops to 190ºF. Place the tea bags in the kettle and steep for 3 minutes.
  • Add the tea, rum, and Cognac to the whiskey. Add the lemon zest to the mixture, wrapping and reserving the lemon bodies for later use, and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • For the punch: Strain the base into a large punch bowl. Juice the reserved lemon bodies and add to the punch bowl. When ready to serve, add the oranges, lemons, sparkling wine, and seltzer water, and stir to combine. Add the ice block and serve with freshly grated nutmeg.
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