The Chatham Artillery is the oldest military organization in Georgia. Regimental functions were always a hit when this rather stout punch was served.

2 cups sweet red wine
2 cups strong tea
2/3 cup rum
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup rye whiskey
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup gin
1/3 cup brandy
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 bottle dry champagne

Mix all ingredients except champagne. Cover and Refrigerate for several days. Stir in champagne just before serving.

Makes 20 servings.

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  1. libby said

    July 13 2008 @ 7:57 am

    chef Rick, I love your recipes and will try a bunch of them. Libby

  2. anita monestime said

    December 2 2009 @ 8:17 pm

    Thank you! This has been our New Years drink since last year!! It is AWESOME and everyone Loved it!! This year I am starting it a week priorto New Years so it can “marinate well” Happy New Year

  3. Ted said

    April 30 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    Chatham Artillery Punch is the least known but probably best of all Punch drinks. Growing up in Savannah, GA our group had heard stories of C-A-P over the years and as we came of age we decided to make a “secret batch”. Secret because we were not quite old enough to buy the alcohol ingredients on our own. After our group pilfered our parents supply closets and pantrys…we had what we needed to start the process of mixing and blending. The most fun was in making this interesting brew which we would later come to closely associate with NUCLEAR FISSION! As this was a recipe for several gallons in quantity our biggest problem was in finding enough containers to store and age the brew. Our solution was to use all of Mom’s plentiful supply of Tupperware containers to carry us through the 2 month long aging process (we figured the longer the better). We succesfully stored or more correctly “Hid” the freshly concocted mix under the kitchen counter in a corner cabinet that was used for serving pieces used only on holidays. At the end of the fermentation period we declared a party would be held to celebrate the coming out of our Chatham Artillery Punch.

    The Party: OMG! What a Hit the Punch was! Yes, it more than lived up to it’s reputation. It will cause strange behaviour unlike one would assume from a drink containing alcohol. One group of normally “Too cool for school” girl friends started making animal noises and actually communicated with each other as each spoke in a different animal tongue. Ever heard a Dog communicate with a Cockatoo as a lamb made comments on the conversation? Then there was the guy that didn’t like his hair (we never knew this) and exited the bathroom with Baby powder caked in his hair? Wow, what a party and with all this strange behaviour none of it was aggressive, in fact the C-A-P brew had a calming effect on the group…but the strange behaviour of that night years ago always comes up in conversation when we all get together back home over the Holidays. The funniest recollection being Mom’s search for her missing Tupperware and how perplexed she was when it mysteriously showed up right where it belonged two months later.

  4. Linda Hargrave said

    December 29 2010 @ 8:20 pm

    I’ve been reading the first post with great interest. I had some of this in Savannah a couple of years ago and it was scrumptious. The recipe that came with the free glass was for 200, so I’m grateful for the translation into family size amounts.

    I’m planning on doing this for New Year dinner on 2nd Jan (it’s now 29th Dec) and thought four days would be enough for flavours to meld. Does it need to be left for longer than that for optimum flavour, because I want to do it for a party in June?

    I’d be very grateful for opinions because the drink is just gorgeous.

  5. Chef Rick said

    December 30 2010 @ 11:13 am

    Four days is plenty long enough for the flavors to combine. I usually only give it 3, so I don’t know about the effect ofmore than four on the flavor.

    Happy New Year!

    –Chef Rick

  6. Ted said

    December 30 2010 @ 12:10 pm

    Linda, in answer to your question on “How long to allow the Punch to marinate or ferment”. There are many recipees (most are similar) for C-A-P. The original has been commercialized and does tast fine after sitting for a few days. The original has been commercialized due to the demand not being predictable. It would be hard for a commercial establishment to mix a batch that ferments for a long period to be served almost in total on a specific date…(unless you are making it for St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah!) The recipee we used was the original recipee taken from notes made “back in the day” from the original Chatam Artillery organization. They started mixing their brew a couple of months before the serving date which was usually at the annual C-A Ball (Quite an event according to the notes we read).
    PS: Back in the day of the Chatham Artillery they didn’t have the same concerns over driving home that we do today so the Original recipee with the strange effects brought on probably by the longer fermentation were not a concern. I would be afraid to serve the original fermented version to a group who will have to drive home at the end of the night.

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