Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Thirty-Second Regiment or Victoria Punch

(Recipe from the late Wm. H. Herbert, Esq.)
6 lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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slices
1/2 gallon 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 gallon Jamaica rum

Ingredient: Jamaica rum

What it is:  Rum
Generic term for dark rum from Jamaica. Dark rum differs from gold in that some residual molasses is retained in the final product, in order to slightly sweeten the flavor. Very popular in the late 1800s and superior to most New England rums. Modern approximations include Inner Circle, Gosling's Black Seal and Pusser's Navy Rum.

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1 pound white sugar

Ingredient: white sugar

What it is:  Additive
Class of edible crystalline substances, mainly sucrose for table sugar. 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 3/4 quart water

Ingredient: water

What it is:  Additive
Ubiquitous chemical substance that is composed of hydrogen and oxygen and is essential for all forms of life -- also a component of all drinks.

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1 pint milk

Ingredient: milk

What it is:  Additive
Opaque white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals.

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boiling
(For a party of twenty.)

Steep the lemons for twenty-four hours in the brandy and rum; add the sugar, water and milk, and when well mixed, strain through a jelly-bag.

This punch may be bottled, and used afterward hot or cold.

Half the above quantity, or even less, may be made, as this recipe is for a party of twenty.