Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Ale Punch

1 quart ale

Ingredient: ale

What it is:  Beer

Ale is a type of beer brewed from malted barley using a top-fermenting brewers' yeast.

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1 wine-glass white wine

Ingredient: white wine

What it is:  Wine

Alcoholic beverage typically made of fermented grape juice. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts are used depending on the type of wine being produced.

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1 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 wine-glass capillaire

Ingredient: capillaire

Also Known As:  capillary What it is:  Syrup
Syrup made with dried maindenhair fern, sugar and orange flower water. Not commercially available, but can be approximated by combining orange flower water, Curaçao or Triple sec to simple syrup.

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1 lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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Ingredient: nutmeg

What it is:  Spice
Seed from an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas of Indonesia, or Spice Islands. Nutmeg is the actual seed of the tree while mace is the dried "lacy" reddish covering or arillus of the seed. Nutmeg and mace have similar taste qualities, nutmeg having a slightly sweeter and mace a more delicate flavour. Nutmeg is a tasty addition to cheese sauces and is best grated fresh (see nutmeg grater). Nutmeg is a traditional ingredient in mulled cider, mulled wine, and eggnog.

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Ingredient: bread

What it is:  Additive
Fresh bread is prized for its taste, aroma, quality and texture. The word itself, Old English "bread", is common in various forms to many Germanic languages; such as Frisian "brea", Dutch "brood", German "Brot", Norwegian and Danish "brød"; it has been claimed to be derived from the root of brew.

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A quart of mild ale, a glass of white wine, one of brandy, one of capillaire, the juice of a lemon, a roll of the peel pared thin, nutmeg grated on the top, and a bit of toasted bread.