We would like to share our Bombay Presidency Punch recipe with you this festive season so you can recreate one of our delicious cocktails for you and your friends to enjoy, as a thank you for joining us on our Memsahib journey. 

This recipe has been adapted by chef Chris Weight and now we would like to share it with you.
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Bombay Presidency Punch 

with bay leaf and cinnamon reduction 

Course: Beverage 
Complexity: Easy but Challenging 
Preparation Time  5 to 10  minutes 
Cooking Time: 30 to 40 minutes 
Serves: 6 to 10

Original Recipe: 

If a man coming into a victualing house to drink punch, he may demand one quart good Goa Arak, half a pound of sugar and half a pint of good lime water; and make his own punch. If the bowl is not marked with the clerk of the market seal, then the bowl may be freely broken without paying anything either for bowl or punch. 

Order book of the Bombay Government, August 13, 1694

To make Bay leaf and cinnamon reduction 


  • 2 to 3 fresh or dry bay leaf 
  • 2 inches of cinnamon sticks 
  • 100 gram Jaggery/Brown Sugar 
  • ½ Lemon zest
  • 100 ml of water 


  1. In a saucepan add all the ingredients except lemon zest. 
  2. Bring it to boil then simmer till the liquid reduces in half. 
  3. Now add zest and take off the heat to cool and preserve in a bottl. 

To Make punch: 


  • 400 to 500 ml of Palm Arrack or any good Rum 
  • 125 gram of Jaggery 
  • 6 lime juice 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Rose petal
  • Lemon/Mango Sorbet 
  • 2 cups of water and 2 cups of ice
  • 50ml of cinnamon and bay leaf reduction


  1. Break up jaggery and put into a punch bowl. 
  2. Cut the limes into 4 and muddle together until all the jaggery has dissolved. 
  3. Add Arrack and stir add water and mix it well. 
  4. Add cinnamon and bay leaf reduction
  5. Now add ice and garnish with grated nutmeg then add sorbet and rose petal

Ingredients for garnishing punch cups: 

  • Mint
  • Kaffir Lime
  • Turkish delight
  • Pomegranate
  • Ice
  • Fresh Bay Leaf

Put all the ingredients in a punch cup or highball glass and the present with the punch bowl. 

You can download your own pdf copy here – We’d love to see how you get on. Share your pictures of your creations with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In 2019 we ran a special one off Gin and Tea Masterclass, read all of the blogs from the event here and look out for updates of our masterclasses in 2020 which will be available for you to book onto.
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Chef Chris Weight and his creation Bombay Presidency Punch