Chatham Artillery Punch Cocktail Recipe

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Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Chatham Artillery Punch is a historic cocktail that originated in the late 18th century in Savannah, Georgia. It was created by the Chatham Artillery, a military unit that was known for its lavish parties and celebrations. The punch was served at various events, including presidential visits and military ceremonies.

  • The original recipe was a closely guarded secret, passed down through generations of artillerymen
  • It gained popularity outside of the military in the 19th century, when it was served at various social events
  • The punch is known for its potent combination of ingredients, which can pack a powerful punch

How Chatham Artillery Punch Tastes?

The Chatham Artillery Punch is a complex, fruity, and boozy cocktail. It has a sweet and tangy flavor profile, with notes of citrus, pineapple, and cherry. The taste is well-balanced, with the sweetness of the fruit juices and sugar complementing the strong, bold flavors of the various spirits.

Interesting facts about Chatham Artillery Punch

  • The Chatham Artillery Punch is often served in a large punch bowl, making it a popular choice for parties and gatherings
  • The cocktail has been featured in various publications and books, including the famous 'Savannah Style' cookbook
  • The punch is sometimes referred to as 'the mother of all punches' due to its potent combination of ingredients


  • Brandy: 8 oz(240ml)
  • Rum: 8 oz(240ml)
  • Bourbon: 8 oz(240ml)
  • Champagne: 1 bottle
  • Lemon juice: 8 oz(240ml)
  • Pineapple juice: 8 oz(240ml)
  • Orange juice: 8 oz(240ml)
  • Grenadine: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Superfine sugar: 1 cup
  • Maraschino cherries: 1 cup
  • Orange slices: 1 cup
  • Ice: as needed


Brandy brings a rich warmth with subtle fruity notes. If you skimp on the brandy, the punch loses some of its depths. Pour too much, and it'll outshine the other spirits.

Mary Mitkina


White Rum is your secret weapon here; it adds a sweet and slightly spicy kick. Just right balances the brandyness; too little and it's a spiritless punch, too much and you're sailing on a pirate ship!

Alex Green


Bourbon brings vanilla and caramel undertones to the party. Less bourbon can make the drink less robust, while more can turn the punch into a Wild West showdown.

Emma Rose


Bubbly Champagne isn't just for toasts; it lightens the punch and tickles your nose. Skimping on champagne will make the punch less festive, while drowning the punch in champagne will dilute its punchiness.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

Fresh Lemon Juice adds zest and cuts through the sweetness. Without it, the punch could end up cloyingly sweet; too much and you might pucker up more than desired!

Alex Green

Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Juice brings a tropical touch. Think vacation vibes in your glass. Too little and the punch might feel aloof, too much and you've turned the party into a luau.

Emma Rose

Orange Juice

Orange Juice gives a citrusy sweetness and brightens everything up. Not enough and the punch lacks fruity joy, too much and the sunrise steals the show from the punch.

Mary Mitkina


Grenadine offers a pop of color and sweet, pomegranate-like flavor. Missing grenadine would lose that sweetness; overdoing it will make it overly syrupy.

Alex Green

Superfine Sugar

Superfine Sugar dissolves easily for that sweet edge. If you go easy on the sugar, the punch might show its alcohol teeth; too much, and it could be a sugar crash waiting to happen.

Emma Rose

Maraschino Cherries

Maraschino Cherries are the fun little edible garnishes that bring bursts of cherry flavor and a playful look. Without these, the punch might take itself too seriously; too many and it's more dessert than drink.

Mary Mitkina

Orange Slices

The Orange Slices aren't just window dressing, they infuse citrus oils and look sunny. Skipping them leaves the punch undressed; overdo it, and the punch bowl looks like an orange grove.

Alex Green


Properly used, Ice chills without watering down. No ice makes a lukewarm welcome, too much and it's more like a cold shoulder.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Chatham Artillery Punch Drink

  1. In a large punch bowl, combine the brandy, rum, bourbon, lemon juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine
  2. Stir in the superfine sugar until it is dissolved
  3. Add a large block of ice to the punch bowl to chill the mixture
  4. Just before serving, pour in the champagne and gently stir to combine
  5. Garnish the punch with maraschino cherries and orange slices

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh fruit juices for a more vibrant and refreshing flavor.
  • Chill all ingredients before mixing to keep the punch cold for longer.
  • Add the champagne last to preserve its bubbles and prevent it from going flat.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese plates: The rich and fruity flavors of the punch complement the creaminess of cheeses like Brie or Gouda.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes such as shrimp cocktail or ceviche can balance the sweetness of the punch.

Main Courses

  • Barbecue: Smoky flavors from barbecue pair well with the boldness of the bourbon and the sweetness of the punch's fruit juices.
  • Roast Poultry: A roasted turkey or chicken provides a savory contrast to the punch's complexity.


  • Fruit Tarts: Enhance the citrus notes in the punch with a lemon or orange tart.
  • Chocolate Desserts: Dark chocolate can stand up to the strong flavors of the brandied cocktail.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips of the punch.
  • Iced Tea: The tannins in black tea can complement the punch's fruity notes.

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What you could change in Chatham Artillery Punch

  • Brandy: Can be substituted with cognac or armagnac.
  • Rum: Dark rum can be used instead of light rum for a deeper flavor.
  • Champagne: Prosecco or other sparkling wines can be used as a substitute.

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And of course - twists🍹

Southern Sunset

  • Swap half of the champagne for peach nectar.
  • Use peach slices instead of orange slices.
  • Include a sprinkle of fresh mint leaves.
  • This twist introduces a Southern orchard flair, making the punch sweeter and more aromatic, reminiscent of a peachy sunset.

Caribbean Breeze

  • Replace the bourbon with coconut rum.
  • Add a splash of blue Curacao for a tropical hue.
  • Garnish with pineapple leaves and edible flowers.
  • This version sails away from tradition, planting your taste buds firmly on a Caribbean shore with a coconut twist and oceanic color.

Spiced Harvest

  • Use spiced rum in place of white rum.
  • Add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Replace the superfine sugar with maple syrup.
  • The spiced rum and autumnal spices offer a warming, wintertime note, ideal for brisk evenings and changing leaves.

In case you forgot basics how to make Chatham Artillery Punch

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Chatham Artillery Punch

What kind of occasion is the Chatham Artillery Punch suitable for?

The Chatham Artillery Punch is suitable for large gatherings such as parties or receptions due to its preparation in a large punch bowl.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Chatham Artillery Punch?

Yes, to create a non-alcoholic version you can substitute the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice or ginger ale, and use non-alcoholic versions of brandy, rum, and bourbon.

What is the best season to enjoy the Chatham Artillery Punch?

This punch is primarily enjoyed in warmer seasons like spring or summer when fresh, citrusy drinks are most refreshing, although it can be enjoyed any time of the year.

What kind of food pairs well with the Chatham Artillery Punch?

The fruity, boozy punch pairs well with a variety of foods, especially finger foods, appetizers, seafood, and spicy dishes.

Is it possible to prepare the Chatham Artillery Punch in individual servings?

While traditionally served in a punch bowl, it can also be made in individual servings by reducing the quantities of the ingredients proportionally.

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