If your goal is to get so intoxicated you can’t tell the difference between good and evil, this is your drink.
Legend has it that this Savannah concoction originated in the late 1700s for George Washington’s arrival at the Chatham Artillery. Others guess it was created in the mid-1800s to celebrate the Chatham Artillery’s return to Savannah after training drills in the northern part of the state.
Either way, this punch is colloquially known as “the Strongest Drink in America.”
- 8 lemons
- 1 pound sugar
- 750 ml bottle bourbon or rye
- 750 ml bottle dark Jamaican rum
- 750 ml bottle brandy or cognac
- 2 bottles sparkling wine
Peel the lemons and place the peels in a container with the sugar, mixing well to incorporate. Let that sit for at least an hour or even overnight. After peeling, juice the lemons, and reserve the juice. After the lemon peels have had their time in the sugar, add the lemon juice. Stir well to melt the sugar, then strain out the peels.
In a very large bowl (or bucket, about 2 or 3 gallons), combine all the whiskey, cognac/brandy, rum, lemon juice/sugar and sparkling wine. Serve in individual cups over ice and watch out — this won’t taste lethal, but the history books tell tales of this punch laying out entire military units in one night.