Admiral Russell's Punch
Molly Wellman of Cincinnati's Myrtle's Punch House shares the legend behind this drink: A British admiral stranded in Spain over Christmas 1694 ordered his crew to assemble a massive punch in a courtyard fountain. Bacchanalia ensued. Consider yourself warned: This splurge of a drink is strong. But it's also nutmeggy, citrusy and wonderfully spirited in every sense.
Cognac is French brandy; Molly favors Rémy Martin. When buying sherry (a fortified Spanish wine), ask for a lightly sweet oloroso variety.