Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Louisiana Sugar-House Punch

(From a recipe in the possession of colonel T. B. Thorpe.)
1 quart simple syrup

Ingredient: simple syrup

Also Known As:  sugar syrup What it is:  Syrup
Simple 1:1 or 2:1 ratio of sugar and water, boiled then cooled. Used an efficient substitute when drinks call for dissolving sugar; has the added benefit of not diluting the drink. Better flavor comes from using raw cane sugar even though it makes darker syrup than very refined white sugar.

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Ingredient: whiskey

What it is:  Whiskey
Broad category of alcoholic beverages that are distilled from fermented grain mash. Different grains are used for different varieties, including barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and corn (maize). Most whiskies are aged in wooden casks (generally oak), the exception being some corn whiskeys.

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or brandy
sour orange

Ingredient: sour orange

Also Known As:  Bitter orange, Seville orange What it is:  Fruit
Fruit from the citrus tree, Citrus aurantium. Many varieties of bitter oranges are used for their essential oil, which is used in perfume and as a flavoring. Bitter orange is also used in herbal medicine as a stimulant and appetite suppressant.

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To one quart of boiling syrup, taken from the kettles, add whiskey or brandy to suit the "patient." Flavor with the juice of sour oranges.