Tea Time

Classic punches from the 1800’s always had a spice or tea component to them. This punch uses both as well as cranberry bitters for a bright kick. Recipe courtesy Jane Danger. Show more

Ready In: 20 mins

Serves: 12


  • For the Ice Ring

  • 1  quart water
  • 4  black tea bags
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 6  cinnamon sticks
  • 5  lemons, feather peels
  • For the Simple Syrup

  • 2  cups granulated sugar
  • 2  cups water
  • For the Punch

  • 750  milliliters bottle  gin
  • 1  ounce  cranberry  bitters, prefer Fee Brothers
  • 16  ounces lemon juice
  • 16  ounces  simple syrup
  • 8  ounces water
  •  orange wedge, manicured for garnish


  1. For the Ice Ring:
  2. In a small pan/tea pot heat 1 quart water to a boil. Add 4 black tea bags. Let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Refrigerate until very cold.
  3. Fill mini cake molds with a small amount of chilled water. Layer in cracked cinnamon sticks, and feathered lemon peels spaced equally around the bottom of each mold. Let freeze for 1 hour or until frozen to hold inclusions in place. Fill with chilled tea to top of molds. Freeze overnight.
  4. For the Simple Syrup:
  5. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil and reduce to simmer until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Will keep refrigerated for one month.
  6. For the Punch:
  7. Stir together punch ingredients in a punch bowl. Unmold ice ring by quickly dipping into warm water and inverting Float ice ring in punch.
  8. Ladle into tea cup. Garnish with channel peeler manicured orange wedges and serve.
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