Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Kirschwasser Punch

1/2 table-spoon 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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1 to 2 dash lime

Ingredient: lime

What it is:  Fruit

A number of different fruits (generally citruses), both species and hybrids, which have their origin in the Himalayan region of India, and which are typically round, green to yellow in color, 3–6 cm in diameter, generally containing sour and acidic pulp.

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or lemon juice
3 to 4 dash Chartreuse (yellow)

Ingredient: Chartreuse (yellow)

What it is:  Liqueur

French liqueur composed of distilled alcohol flavored with 130 herbal extracts.

Substitution:  Chartreuse

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dissolve well with a little water
1 large bar glass ice

Ingredient: ice

What it is:  Additive
The new general availability of ice in the mid 1800s revolutionized bar-tending and drinking. Ice was delivered in blocks that then had to to be broken, crushed, picked and shaved for increasingly popular individual drinks (as opposed to large punches).

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fill the glass
1 1/2 wine-glass Kirschwasser

Ingredient: Kirschwasser

Also Known As:  Kirsch What it is:  Brandy
Clear, colorless fruit brandy traditionally made from double distillation of morellos, a dark-colored cultivar of the sour cherry. Less sweet than other cherry brandies it is often served cold in a small glass as an apéritif. It's also used in mixed drinks.

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Mix well with a spoon, ornament the top with fruit in season, and serve with a straw.