Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

St. Charles Punch

1 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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2 to 3 dash lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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juice, dissolve with a little water or seltzer
1 wine-glass port wine

Ingredient: port wine

What it is:  Port
Portuguese fortified wine from the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is typically a sweet red wine, but also comes in dry, semi-dry and white varieties. It is often served as a dessert wine.

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1 pony 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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1/2 wine-glass Curaçao

Ingredient: Curaçao

Also Known As:  Curaçoa What it is:  Bitters

Liqueur flavored with the dried peels of the laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao.  Earlier versions were based on brandy or rum but now use neutral spirits.

Substitution:  Triple sec

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(calls for a 'glass')
(Use a large bar glass.)

Fill the glass with fine ice, stir well with a spoon, ornament the top with grapes, oranges, etc., in season and serve with a straw.

This is one of the most popular summer drinks known in the South.