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A Southern Punch to Souse a Crowd: Cotillion Club Punch

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The response to the New Orleans Junior League eggnog suggests that within the Serious Eats community there is a hitherto unexpressed interest in the alcoholic concoctions of nice Southern ladies. And why not? Without a flutter, they present recipes featuring booze in quantities that would make Dylan Thomas blanch. Witness the Cotillion Club Punch from the aforementioned Charleston Receipts.

A note indicates that this punch is "As served at the Club's last dance some years ago." If they were serving this, no wonder the dances have tailed off. Also, this recipe is attributed to "A Charleston Gentleman," which is as well, as one imagines that this punch would lead to the sort of indiscretions it behooves a gentleman to be discreet about.

Enjoy, and if your holiday plans do not involve renting a convention hall, stay tuned for a more reasonably scaled holiday punch.

* Note that most whiskies come in bottles that are 750 ml, or about 3/4 quart, so you'll need 8 to 10 bottles of rye.

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