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July 29, 2009

Sipping Chatham Artillery Punch

Here's a guest post from Garden Variety blogger Susan Reimer: 

My friend and colleague Sam Sessa, the genius behind this blog, was kind enough to write a guest post for me on Garden Variety during my vacation. Imagine Sam writing about petunias, and you will understand his sacrifice.

In return, I am offering Sam this post, garnered from my recent vacation in the South.

My husband and I made a day trip to Savannah, Ga., -- think Midnight in the Garden of Paula Deen and Kevin Spacey -- and visited a wonderful restaurant on the river called, well, The River House.

Among the libations served was something called Chatham Artillery Punch, which was served to the troops during a visit by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. ...

No one is certain how the heady punch originated, but Chatham Artillery members believe that the gentle ladies of Georgia made the first beverage. Then, one by one, officers of the Artillery sneaked in and added this and that, creating Savannah's most famous drink for two centuries.

Here's the recipe. Invite LOTS of friends because it makes 100 6-ounce servings, before the addition of the case of champagne.

1 1/2 gallons catawba wine
1/2 gallon run
1 quart gin
1 quart brandy
1/2 pint Benedictine
2 quarts Maraschino cherries
1 1/2 quarts rye whiskey
1 1/2 gallons strong tea
2 1/2 pounds brown sugar
1 1/2 quarts orange juice
1 1/2 quarts lemon juice

Mix 36 to 48 hours before serving. Add one case of champagne when ready to serve.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:28 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Recipe for an industrial size/strength cocktail...mmmmmmm

my old roommate has some good stories about this stuff.

Sam should make this for the next MS get together...

I've heard that some folks age this stuff for up to year before drinking ....

Not that I want to mess with your recipe,other recipes I've seen (older ones?) call for either cherries or brandied cherries, maraschino cherries are just little sugar bombs.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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