Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Porter Cup

1 bottle porter

Ingredient: porter

What it is:  Beer
Dark-coloured style of beer. The name was first used in the 18th century from its popularity with the street and river porters of London. It is generally brewed with dark malts.

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1 bottle ale

Ingredient: ale

What it is:  Beer

Ale is a type of beer brewed from malted barley using a top-fermenting brewers' yeast.

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1 large bar glass brandy

Ingredient: brandy

What it is:  Brandy
Brandy (from brandywine, derived from Dutch brandewijn—"burnt wine") is a spirit produced by distilling wine, the wine having first been produced by fermenting grapes. Brandy generally contains 35%–60% alcohol by volume and is typically taken as an after-dinner drink. While some brandies are aged in wooden casks, most are colored with caramel coloring to imitate the effect of such aging.

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3 loaf sugar

Ingredient: loaf sugar

Also Known As:  sugarloaf What it is:  Additive
Traditional form in which refined sugar was produced and sold until the late 19th century when granulated and cube sugars were introduced. A tall cone with a rounded top, it was the end product of a process that saw the dark molasses-rich raw sugar, which had been imported from sugar cane growing regions such as the Caribbean and Brazil, refined into white sugar. Raw cane sugar the best, easily available substitute.

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lumps
2 tea-spoon ginger syrup

Ingredient: ginger syrup

What it is:  Syrup
Sugar syrup made with ginger. Can be purchased or easily made: (1) Mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil. Simmer gently until the sugar dissolves. Stir occasionally. (2) Add 1/2 cup of thinly sliced fresh ginger. Simmer for 15 minutes. (3) Remove from heat; let cool, then add 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice. (4) Pour into container and refrigerate until ready to use.

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(one dessert-spoonful)
sodium carbonate

Ingredient: sodium carbonate

Also Known As:  washing soda, soda crystals, soda ash What it is:  Additive
Sodium salt of carbonic acid. It most commonly occurs as a crystalline heptahydrate, which readily effloresces to form a white powder, the monohydrate; and is domestically well known for its everyday use as a water softener. It has a cooling alkaline taste, and can be extracted from the ashes of many plants. It is synthetically produced in large quantities from table salt in a process known as the Solvay process.

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Mix in a tankard or covered jug a bottle of porter, and an equal quantity of table-ale; pour in a glass of brandy, a dessert-spoonful of syrup of ginger, add three or four lumps of sugar, and half a nutmeg grated; cover it down, and expose it to the cold for half an hour; just before sending it to table, stir in a teaspoonful of carbonate of soda. Add the fresh-cut rind of a cucumber.