Charleston Brown Water Society Punch

brown-water-punch-vertical-crdt-peter frank edwardsIn Charleston, South Carolina, nearly every social club has a signature drink—a tradition that dates back at least as far as the late 18th century. So it’s only natural that the Charleston Brown Water Society, a group of bourbon drinkers and proselytizers, has one too. Roderick Weaver, who mixes drinks at Charleston’s Bar at Husk, created this punch to serve at society events, where you’ll typically find a pitcher tucked among many bottles of bourbon. The punch isn’t strictly whiskey-driven. There’s a hit of dark rum and a sweet citrusy mix to tame the burn, and it makes for a great sipper at any gathering. Serve it in a punch bowl, and, per Brown Water tradition, be sure to raise a toast to the society after you ladle out the first round.

3 cups bourbon
2 cups dark rum
1½ cups fresh orange juice
½ cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups honey syrup
2 cups demerara sugar syrup 
3 cups soda water
Tools: punch bowl, stirring spoon
Glass: punch
Garnish: orange slices

Combine all the ingredients except the soda water. Chill. Pour into a punch bowl with a large block of ice, and add soda water just before serving, with orange slices for garnish.

Excerpted from The Southerner’s Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories by David DiBenedetto and the Editors of Garden & Gun (Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers). Copyright © 2015.