Montgomery Punch Recipe

When entertaining for the holidays, nothing is more festive than a big bowl of champagne punch on the sideboard. We like Montgomery Punch that's adorned with a pretty ice ring. Hostess Julia Reed found this recipe in a cookbook by the Junior League of Montgomery, Alabama, where the punch is a town staple.

Montgomery Punch
Photo: Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 40 mins
14 cups


  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 cup brandy

  • Ice Ring

  • 2 (750-milliliter) bottles chilled sparkling wine

  • 1 (375-milliliter) bottle chilled dessert wine (such as Sauternes)

  • Garnishes: orange slices, lemon slices, cranberries


  1. Stir together first 2 ingredients until sugar dissolves. Stir in brandy. Pour over Ice Ring in a punch bowl. Stir in sparkling and dessert wines.

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