Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Brandy Shrub

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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dissolve well with a bottle of plain soda water
4 quart 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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2 quart 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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10 lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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(Use bowl--to make six quarts.)

Peel the rinds of 4 lemons; add the juice of the other 6 lemons and mix with brandy into the bowl, cover it close for 5 days, then add the Sherry wine and sugar, strain through a bag, and bottle it. This also applies to all the other Shrubs.