Tribute 2 The Doc (Punch)
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About this Cocktail

This delightful punch I have created is a Tribute punch for the good DR David Wondrich , author of "Punch; The delights (and dangers) of flowing bowl" and also author of the award winning "Imbibe" his knowledge of drink history is something I think should be recognised! I made this punch for a "punch challenge" in the 2013 NZ Jim Beam Bar Legend semi finals I hope you all enjoy this bad boy!!!

  • 1.4litres fresh lemon juice
  • 3.2litres of fresh water
  • 500mls of Black Walnut infused Courvoisier VS
  • 1.8litres of Fig/Cinnamon infused Stolen Rum
  • 2.5litres of Manuka Honey Syrup
  • 2.8litres of Dilmah Black Tea Syrup
  • Freshly Grated Nutmeg

Honey Syrup
This is simple , I just used 500g of Wildflower Manuka honey vs 1litre of boiling water.
This method makes about 1.2litres of syrup
Set aside to cool

Dilmah Tea Syrup
600g sugar
1litre boiling water
8-10 Dilmah Black extra strength tea bags
Combine the sugar, water and tea bags into a saucepan bring to boil, turn heat down and summer for approx 4 minutes.
Set aside to cool

Stolen Rum Infusion (500ml)
1-2 cups of half cut fresh figs
3 cinnamon sticks
I used air tight jam jars, I placed cinnamon sticks/ figs into a jam jar topped it up with 500mls of stolen rum.
Leave jars in sun for 1month but be sure to remove cinnamon sticks after 3-4 days
I started tasting it on the 4th week just to my liking :)
I used a fine tea strainer to strain alcohol back into bottles.

Black Walnut Cognac Infusion (700ml)
1 cup Black Walnuts
I lightly toasted the walnuts in a pan for 2-3 min , just to get that lovely walnut smell.
Then place them into a jar like the rum.
I only infused this for 6 days , I tasted it after 1 week and there was strong notes if walnut (which I absolutely loved!)
Now with this I strained it with a tea strainer then also used a coffee filter to catch all the fine dusty broken walnuts after the infusion, by doing this your 700ml of cognac now becomes around 500-600mls due to the nuts soaking / coffee filter. But don't throw away those nuts great to use on desserts etc etc.
Let's move on

This recipe makes 12litres worth of punch, this was a punch challenge to serve 300 people 40ml samples hence the 12L.
Once all your syrups are finished (prepared night before I assume) chilled etc etc
Mix all ingredients together in your (I used a 15L bowl) punch bowl, grate fresh nutmeg over top of the punch ( I LOVE NUTMEG) so I used heaps :)
I hope this wasn't to much of a read lol I did try to shorten it down as much as I could.
If you haven't reed "Punch; The Delights (and Dangers) of flowing bowl" I suggest you do it's a great read .
Shout out to the Doctor!!


Belinda Astone

  • Belinda Astone
    Congrats on making the top 6 sir :) good luck at the finals .

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