Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Cider Punch

1 lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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juiced, peeled
1/2 pint sherry wine

Ingredient: sherry wine

What it is:  Sherry
Fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez, Spain. In Spanish, it is called vino de Jerez. Typically dry, "fino" sherry when only the generic name is used.

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1/4 pound sugar

Ingredient: sugar

What it is:  Additive
Many 19th century recipes specifically called for white sugar, which is more refined and preferred over browner sugars. But modern white sugar is probably too refined, making raw cane sugar the best, easily available choice.

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nutmeg

Ingredient: nutmeg

What it is:  Spice
Seed from an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas of Indonesia, or Spice Islands. Nutmeg is the actual seed of the tree while mace is the dried "lacy" reddish covering or arillus of the seed. Nutmeg and mace have similar taste qualities, nutmeg having a slightly sweeter and mace a more delicate flavour. Nutmeg is a tasty addition to cheese sauces and is best grated fresh (see nutmeg grater). Nutmeg is a traditional ingredient in mulled cider, mulled wine, and eggnog.

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grated
1 bottle cider

Ingredient: cider

Also Known As:  apple cider, soft cider What it is:  Cider
Common name in the U.S. and Canada for an unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic beverage produced from apples. This untreated cider is a seasonally produced beverage of limited shelf-life enjoyed in the autumn. In the rest of the world, "cider" is a fermented beverage sometimes called "hard cider".

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1 wine-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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cucumber

Ingredient: cucumber

What it is:  Fruit
Widely cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, which includes squash, and in the same genus as the muskmelon.

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rind

On the thin rind of half a lemon pour half a pint of sherry; add a quarter of a pound of sugar, the juice of a lemon, a little grated nutmeg, and a bottle of cider; mix it well, and, if possible, place it in ice. Add, before sent in, a glass of brandy, and a few pieces of cucumber rind.