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Updated on September 1, 2013



I came across this Civil War era recipe in an old book and I thought I would share it. This is nothing I would make, the combination is kind of odd. Who ever heard of cucumber in a punch recipe? Supposedly this was a favorite recipe of Jefferson Davis and was quite popular all over the South.


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Cook Time

Prep time: 24 hours
Ready in: 24 hours
Yields: 40 servings


  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups sugar, to taste
  • 4 bottles claret
  • 1 pint sherry
  • 2/3 cup brandy
  • 1/3 cup light rum
  • 1/3 cup maraschino liqueur
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 orange
  • 1 bottle ginger ale
  • 2 bottles sparkling water


  1. Slice cucumber thickly with peel still on. Cut lemons and orange into thin slices.
  2. Mix all ingredients except cucumber, lemons, orange, ginger ale and sparkling water at least 24 hours before serving. Not necessary to refrigerate.
  3. Place block of ice in punch bowl and add liquid. Add rest of the ingredients and pour mixture over block of ice to chill.
  4. Serve in punch cups, about 36 to 40 servings.


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      scout901 5 years ago

      Add the fruit and the cucumber after you put the drink in the punch bowl. You can't put them in ahead of time because the alcohol doesn't do the fruit any good.

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      This is terrific! I love historical foods (and drinks). If you've never tried cucumber cocktails you should, they have a surprisingly fresh crisp flavor. It looks like old Jefferson Davis was ahead of his times! Voted up and awesome.

      Only thing strange with this recipe is it says to add everything but the cucumbers, but then doesn't say what to do with them. Any clue?