Charles Dickens's Favourite Brandy Punch Recipe: Cooking with Dickens


The height of hospitality for Dickens was to be greeted with a steaming bowl of hot punch. A keen punch maker himself, Dickens immortalised the pleasure of a hot lemon punch in his scenes in David Copperfield of Mr Micawber creating this delicious drink for his guests. Toast them both after learning how to make your own delicious punch in this video with Pen Vogler.

This video is the third in a series of five videos celebrating our special exhibition, Food Glorious Food: Dinner with Dickens. The first video can be found here and the second here.



3 Lemons (Unwaxed)
400ml Jamaican Rum
250ml Cognac
150g Brown Sugar
1 Litre Boiling Water


Pen Vogler is a food historian specialising in food in literature and guest curator of the exhibition Food Glorious Food: Dinner with Dickens. She is also author of Dinner with Mr Darcy, Tea with Jane Austen, Dinner with Dickens and Christmas with Dickens, and edited Penguin’s Great Food series, published by Penguin Classics in 2011. She has written on food in history and literature for The Guardian Review, BBC History Magazine, Sunday Times, The Lady Magazine, The Oldie, The Observer.  She has cooked recipes from the past for Radio 4’s PM and Making History, Mrs Dickens Family Christmas on BBC2 and been interviewed for a number of papers and podcasts.  She has given talks and tastings at festivals and events throughout Britain.  

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