- Gin Punch is historically significant—it’s the direct antecedent of the Tom Collins—but it’s also a party in a bowl. The grenadine isn’t historically accurate, and if you prefer your punch clear you can use simple syrup instead (start with 2 jiggers and adjust from there; it’s a lot easier to add sweetener than to take it away).
In a large punch bowl combine the juice of 20 oranges and 12 lemons, 2 quarts gin, 4 jiggers grenadine, and 6 dashes of bitters. Add a block of ice and stir in 2 quarts chilled soda water. Makes 15 to 20 servings.