Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

West Indian Punch

1 table-spoon raspberry syrup

Ingredient: raspberry syrup

What it is:  Syrup
Raspberry and sugar syrup.

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2 table-spoon 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 wine-glass 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 1/2 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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1/2 lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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2 slice orange

Ingredient: orange

What it is:  Fruit
Fruit of Citrus sinensis is called sweet orange to distinguish it from Citrus aurantium, the bitter orange.

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1 piece pineapple

Ingredient: pineapple

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for an edible tropical plant and also its fruit. While sweet, it is known for its high acid content

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1 piece preserved ginger

Ingredient: preserved ginger

Also Known As:  stem ginger What it is:  Additive
Ginger that has been peeled and then cooked and preserved in a sugar syrup. One recipe: 1 lb.. fresh gingerroo, 1 1/2 cups water & 1lb.b sugar. (1) Rinse scrubbed & peeled root pieces & let stand in cold water overnight. (2) Drain, place in kettle with cold water to cover. Boil. Skim out the ginger, repeat 2x, or until ginger is tender. (3) In a separate pan, boil sugar & water together for 10 minutes to make syrup. Add in drained ginger, bring to boil. Remove from heat, let stand overnight. (4) Put into clean, hot jars and seal.

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This punch is made the same as brandy punch, but to each glass add a clove or two of preserved ginger, and a little of the syrup.

Variant of:  Brandy Punch