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Some Curling and a Recipe for Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch

Hendrick's Trip

Curling Stones

Folks, I’ve found my sport. SPORT, on a food blog? Does it help if I tell you we played for haggis? And what about if I told you that what this post is actually about is a recipe for Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch?

HOT GIN PUNCH? I know, so bear with me while I tell you about, *cough*, sport.

So, sport, eh? I found my sport, and my sport is curling.

I wasn’t happy about the idea of going curling initially, and spent the entire trip there thinking up schemes to get out of it, but one hot gin punch later, I thought I would give it a go.

Chasing a 20kg granite stone up and down the ice with a sweeping brush – I hate them too, almost as much as sport – sounds like a nightmare, but it proved to be fun. The ice won’t allow you to run, or it will take you with a fall, so measured giggly forays up and down the ice with a sweeping brush proved entertaining. SWEEP | SWEEP | SWEEP they called, and sweep I did. We came second.

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Curling for a Haggis

We got to play for a haggis but sadly we didn’t win it. Next time! I hear I can play it in Surrey, and I actually plan to. It is fun you see.

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Second! But I did get to wear this awesome hat.

We thawed out after curling with a delicious Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch. Magical in many ways, I love that it has been adapted from Charles Dickens’ own recipe. Now, where are my fingerless gloves?!

“Punch, my dear Copperfield, like time and tide, waits for no man”

Hendrick's Trip

Hendrick's Hot Gin Punch


Three brimming teacups of Hendrick’s gin
Another three of Madeira wine
Three cloves
Pinch of grated nutmeg
Large teaspoon of cinnamon powder
Two teaspoons of brown sugar
Six large lemon and orange twists
Small slice of orange
One fresh pineapple
Four large spoons of honey
Juice of two lemons

Mix all ingredients in a pot. Warm but not quite till ebullition. Let your concoction cook without boiling for 20 minutes to a half hour. While it cooks the taste will change, make it to your own taste balancing the sweet/sour balance with honey and lemon. You can also re warm the mix, sometimes the punch will get better and better as you cook it more and more. When you think it is ready, pour in a teapot and serve hot in tea cups with gingerbread on the side.

Adapted from the original 1850 recipe found in the book Drinking with Dickens by Cedric Dickens, Great-Grandson of Charles Dickens, this recipe is inspired by Charles Dickens’ own gin punch recipe, so it is the etiquette to quote while pouring the first cup: “Punch, my dear Copperfield, like time and tide, waits for no man”, David Copperfield, 1850.



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  2. I love the sound of this! This will be my first winter in the northern hemisphere and I think I’m going to need gin- and plenty of warm beverages to get me through. I ski better after a glass of wine- I wonder what would happen if the punch came before the curling?

    • You’ll love it – enjoy! And welcome to your first Winter in the Northern Hemisphere :)

      We ahd punch before curling too! And I still have both my legs ;)

  3. Heh, CURLING. I had no idea what it was until this year when it was played incessantly on Austrian TV; it’s actually quite soothing to watch. And play, I presume. Love the gin punch, I’m a gin girl from way back whn I used to suck the gin flavoured ice from my mum’s g and ts as a kid ;P

    • Haha! Well, I’ve learned since Canadians love it too. LOVE IT. There is even a sitcom on Canadian tv about it :)

      Hope you enjoy the gin punch!

  4. Mmmm great winter warmer and sounds like a good alternative to my go to – mulled wine.

    Sounds like the whole Hendricks trip away was brilliant Niamh you lucky girl.

    • It was so good ,Cara. The trip overall was superb and I was lucky to be there.

      I will post a recipe for hot port soon too. One of my Winter essentials. I would imagine you are familiar from trips to Ireland already? :)

  5. We do like a bit of gin in our household and we also love making hot punches during the colder months so this one is perfect for us. May experiment with using port over Madeira as we have more of it knocking around here (Lolli is Portuguese), but will have to compensate with some extra sweetness. Glad you enjoyed the curling, I have to admit, I’m a bit crap at sport but I think this is something I would find quite good fun!

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