Flaming Punch

  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


  • 3/4 cup demerara sugar
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 cups rum
  • 1 1/4 cups cognac 
  • 5 cups black tea 
  • heat proof bowl or enameled cast-iron pot


  1. n the basin of an enameled cast-iron pot or heatproof bowl, add sugar and the peels of three lemons.
  2. Rub lemons and sugar together to release citrus oils. For more greater infusion, let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Add rum and cognac to the sugar and citrus.
  4. Light a match, and, using a heatproof spoon (stainless steel is best), pick up a spoonful of the spirit mix.
  5. Carefully bring the match to the spoon to light.
  6. Carefully bring the lit spoon to the spirits in the bowl.
  7. Let the spirits burn for about three minutes. The fire will melt the sugar and extract the oil from the lemon peels.
  8. Extinguish the bowl by covering it with a heatproof pan or tray.
  9. Skim off the lemon peels (leaving them too long in may impart a bitter flavor).
  10. Squeeze in the juice of the three peeled lemons, and add hot tea or water.
  11. Garnish with citrus wheels.
  12. Ladle into individual glasses.



A heatproof bowl (enameled cast-iron is your best bet) and a heatproof spoon (stainless steel will do) are highly necessary to this process.