Gunpowder Gin Punch Recipe

A refreshing and slightly savory pitcher drink. . Elana Lepkowski

Why This Recipe Works

  • Every punch needs a softer, weaker element so you're not drinking straight booze. here, gunpowder green tea serves that purpose, and provides the earthy backbone this drink needs.
  • Celery bitters, such as Scrappy's, provide an vegetal element that plays well with a botanical-rich gin.

This punch bursts with tangy citrus and a touch of the unexpected, thanks to celery bitters.

Recipe Details

Gunpowder Gin Punch Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 24 hrs
Serves 8 servings


For the Oleo-Saccharum:

  • 2 lemons

  • 1 lime

  • 4 ounces granulated sugar

For the Gunpowder Tea:

  • 3 teabags gunpowder green tea (see note)

  • 16 ounces boiling water

For the Punch:

  • 8 ounces gin, such as Aviation

  • 16 ounces Gunpowder Tea at room temperature

  • 8 dashes celery bitters, such as Scrappy's

  • Lemon wheels and celery stalks for garnish


  1. For the Oleo-Saccharum: Peel zest from lemons and lime, trying to remove as little white pith as possible. Reserve peeled fruit for another use. Toss the peels with the sugar in a nonreactive bowl. Muddle gently until peels begin to express their oils, and let sit 6 hours or up to overnight, covered. Strain peels from the mixture, set liquid aside.

  2. For the Gunpowder Green Tea: Pour boiling water over tea in a heat-proof container. Let steep 4 minutes. Strain and set brewed tea aside. Let cool to room temperature before using.

  3. For the Punch: In a pitcher or punch bowl, combine gin, tea, bitters, and oleo-saccharum. Stir to combine and let sit for at least an hour at room temperature or up to overnight in the refrigerator. To serve, add ice to rocks glasses, pour in the punch and add a lemon wheel and celery stalk for garnish.


Gunpowder tea has an earthy depth and grassy edge that takes well to pairing with herbal flavors. Tea bags can be used in this cocktail, or if you'd prefer loose, Temple of Heaven brand can be found in most Chinese groceries.

Special Equipment

Fruit peeler, 32-ounce pitcher or punch bowl, air tight container

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
121 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 121
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 2mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)