The Georgian era is widely known for its excesses, the least of which was heavy drinking. A typical Georgian gentleman of leisure would spend his days frequenting one of the myriad coffee rooms and his evenings, many times into the wee hours, in a gaming house, tavern, or gentleman’s club roistering with his cronies over a brimming punch bowl.
Original Recipe For Punch Royal from John Nott, The Cook’s and Confectioners’s Dictionary, London: 1723
Take three pints of the best brandy, as much spring-water, a pint or better of the best lime-juice, a pound of double refined sugar.
** This punch is better than weaker punch, for it does not so easily affect the head, by reason of the large quantity of lime-juice more than common, and is more grateful and comfortable to the stomach.**