The Chatham Punch is as vintage as vintage can get. It is approximately 175 years old, originating with the Chatham Artillery in Savannah, Georgia. The Savannah ladies served this punch at military functions. Historical drunkenness ensued. The original recipes serve two hundred. I've scaled it back to serve around twenty.
Start this recipe a few days ahead, even a week before serving!Chatham Punch:4 cups white rum2 cups gin2 cups bourbon2 cups brandy1 1/2 bottle sweet red wine1 gallon strong cold tea1 cup maraschino cherries, drained1/4 pound pineapple chunks (fresh)1 1/4 cup light brown sugarJuice of 4 lemons1 bottle dry champagneFirst problem: Where to put all this alcohol?! I found this great 2 1/2-gallon glass jar in Target — perfect for making punches. It's called the Montana Jar, and it was a fantastic find. Who knew Target had stylish glassware for brewing lethally alcoholic beverages? Love Target.