"a burnt rum punch, much patronized on Derby night"
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Feuerzangenbowle
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeFeuerzangenbowle - Credit: Kore Nordmann

This is Feuerzangenbowle (fire-tongs punch), a traditional German concoction made by setting light to rum-soaked sugar and letting it drip into mulled wine.

Derby Night follows the Epsom Derby, one of the classic British horse races.  It is a flat horse race over the Epsom Downs that takes place in June each year.  The name Derby has now been adopted for prestigious horse races around the world.

 

Derby Day, 1850s
Public DomainDerby Day, 1850s - Credit: William Powell Frith