Charleston Light Dragoon Punch

There are many versions of this punch from Charleston, South Carolina.  This was my grandfather’s. He called it the “iron fist in the velvet glove.”

4 quarts of black tea
4 cups sugar
1 quart and one cup lemon juice

1 quart dark rum (Jamaican)
4 quarts California Brandy (any non-gourmet brandy)
½ pint peach (or apricot) brandy

Equal parts Club soda

Make the black tea/lemon juice mixture, stirring in sugar when hot.  Add the alcohol.   Set aside or bottle for later use.

In a punch bowl place blocks of ice and garnishes of lemon and orange peels.  Pour in equal parts of the tea-brandy-rum mixture with club soda.