Bombay Government Punch

Bombay Government Punch

  • Prep: 12 hr 10 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total: 12 hr 15 min
  • Serving: Makes 20 Servings

This is the original 1694 recipe with the exact proportions the English government mandated Bombay punch houses follow when making punch with Goa Arak .


  • 2 cups Demerara or turbinado sugar
  • 7 cups water
  • 12 limes, juiced
  • 16 ounces Batavia arrack
  • 1 quart dark rum
  • Grated nutmeg, for garnish


  1. Place the sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan over low heat and stir until all of the sugar has completely dissolved.
  2. Transfer the sugar mixture to a bowl and add the lime juice, Batavia arrack, the rum and the remaining water and stir to combine.
  3. Place the mixture into the refrigerator and chill overnight.
  4. Transfer the punch to a punch bowl with ice and top with grated nutmeg.


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