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This particular cocktail is another one of those excellent strong ones from, I believe, around 1917 when it appeared in the book, The Ideal Bartender. This cocktail is potent, so be prepared.. but it is also a great sipping cocktail.

I’ve always been a fan of vintage cocktails. I guess it’s because I feel like a lot of cocktails nowadays are comprised of too much juice, sugar or other ingredients which end up just making me feel full or nauseous from the sugar. I prefer a nice cocktail I can sip over a long period rather than 2-3 sugary ones with the equivalent amount of alcohol. Maybe it’s just me but the point of liquor is to taste it, not necessarily hide it with an overabundance of other ingredients.


Now that I’ve got that off of my chest, it’s time for the cocktail itself.

You will need the following ingredients for this beast:

  • Rum
  • Brandy
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Confectioners Sugar (for the old fashioned twist) or Simple Syrup if you prefer.

To prepare, combine the ingredients from the printable recipe below in a shaker with ice. Pour into a sweet vintage glass; like my pheasant ones; over ice and serve. I’ve included the printable recipe below. If you end up making this, I’d love it if you tagged me on Instagram. I’m at @mrkitchenmagpie.



5 from 1 vote
The Boating Punch Cocktail
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 44 mins
The Boating Punch cocktail is a classic from around 1917 when it was published in the book, The Ideal Bartender.
Course: cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Mr. Kitchen Magpie
  • 1 oz Brandy
  • 1.5 oz Rum
  • 2 tsp confectioners sugar or simple syrup
  • 1 dash of lemon juice
  • 1 dash of lime juice
  1. Combine in shaker with ice, shake and pour over a large ice cube. Enjoy!

Another great cocktails to try:

Bluebird Cocktail Recipe


I don't cook or bake but I do write. I'm the one who gets stuck with the cleaning. I ALSO love my kids, chocolate, my wife and bourbon. The order depends on when you ask. You can find me on Instagram@MrKitchenMagpie

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