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Master of Cocktails - A basic gin punch recipe

by Ben Ellefsen     4. August 2014 10:47

Master of Cocktails Gin Punch

Hopefully you were all paying attention during the last #MasterofCocktails, as we made the most important part of this week's drink(s) a week in advance – the Oleo-Saccharum (a fancy term for sugared peel).

There's nowt better than being able to have your guests serve themselves amazing punch, and sorting the Oleo-Saccharum ahead of time will save you a load of effort. You also won't have to 'work' the sugar into the peel, and will also ultimately yield better results.

In case you did miss it, let's have a look at how you should make your own Oleo-Saccharum a week in advance in preparation for making your Gin Punch...

The sugar rips the essential oils out of the peel as they gently macerate over the course of the week. Now you can do this in a pinch by 'working' the sugar into the peel, but that's quite hard, so we're going to use the power of 'leaving it the hell alone' for a week. So. Begin with 4 lemons...

Master of Cocktails Lemons

Peel 'em:

Master of Cocktails Peeled Lemons

And sling them into a freezer bag with about 35g sugar per lemon.

Master of Cocktails Lemon Peel and Sugar

Squeeze the air out of the bag, and bung it into the fridge along with the peeled lemons.

Master of Cocktails Lemon Peel and Sugar

After a week, you'll be all set to make your Gin Punch. Everyone ready? Let's get to it...

Master of Cocktails Punch ingredients

You’ll be needing these...

List of Ingredients (Basic Gin Punch)

  • 300ml Oleo-Saccharum and Juice of 4 Lemons (or whatever quantity you produce)
  • 300ml Bathtub Gin
  • 300ml Soda Water
  • (For Gin and Soda, use whatever quantity you’re working to)


  • Juice of a Pink Grapefruit
  • 40ml Bénédictine D.O.M. Liqueur
  • Grab your baggie out of the fridge, and whip the de-peeled lemons out as well...

    Master of Cocktails Fridge Stuff

    Chop 'em in half, and add the juice to the bag. Give it a smush about to dissolve all the sugar.

    Master of Cocktails Oleo Saccharum

    Now strain, and measure what you've got. Those 4 lemons made 300ml in my case.

    Master of Cocktails Strain Oleo Saccharum

    This 300ml will form the basis of the recipe, but adjust to whatever quantity you churned out.

    Master of Cocktails Measure Oleo Saccharum

    For making the basic punch, this really couldn't be simpler. Take your 300ml (or whatever quantity you're working to) and add 300ml of Gin. I'm using Bathtub for this punch.

    Master of Cocktails Bathtub Gin

    Finally, gently add 300ml of Soda Water. Told you it was easy.

    Master of Cocktails Soda

    And (basically) that's it. Serve it from a punch-bowl if you've got one. Even better if you've got some clear ice...

    Clear Ice much like this. Oh yes.

    Master of Cocktails Clear Ice

    I've also sliced a lemon to make it all pretty, like...

    Master of Cocktails Sliced Lemon

    In this instance I'm adding the juice of a pink grapefruit, and about 40ml Bénédictine.

    Master of Cocktails Grapefruit

    Et Voila. The finished article.

    Master of Cocktails Punch from Above

    Gin Punch. A bread-and-butter staple.

    Master of Cocktails Gin Punch


    No prep required for next week, just grab yourself these simple ingredients:

    Master of Cocktails Next Week

    Next week, you'll be needing these...
    Hine Rare VSOP Cognac, Port, Eggs and Nutmeg. (Oh, and Sugar Syrup and Angostura Bitters too!)


    Comments (5) -

    8/7/2014 2:20:30 PM #

    I must say, this sounds superb and will give it a go the next time we have a crowd round.  I am on a one woman mission to resurrect cocktails that have fallen out of fashion. My current favourite is the Sidecar but I would very much like to move on to the Aviation cocktail. Would you, per chance have a good reliable recipe?
    Many thanks

    Shauneen France

    8/8/2014 8:48:25 PM #

    Many thanks. I had one this evening Smile

    Shauneen France

    8/14/2014 1:52:17 PM #

    Gorgeous gin punch, loved the grapefruit and benedictine addition (made half with and half without).my ikea star ice cubes did not look as impressive as your finished result though!

    Linda Robertson United Kingdom

    8/14/2014 3:48:19 PM #

    Excellent - really glad you both enjoyed it!

    Ben @ Master of Malt United Kingdom

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