Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

May Wine Punch

Take one or two bunches of Waldmeister or Woodruff, and cut it up in two or three lengths, place it into a large bar glass, and fill up the balance with French Brandy, cover it up and let it stand for two or three hours, until the essence of the Woodruff is thoroughly extracted; cover the bottom of the bowl with loaf sugar, and pour from:
1 to 2 bunch Woodruff

Ingredient: Woodruff

Also Known As:  Sweet Woodruff, Wild Baby's Breath What it is:  Herb
Woodruff is a strongly scented plant, the sweet scent being derived from coumarin. This scent increases on wilting and then persists on drying, and woodruff is used in pot-pourri and as a moth deterrent. It is also used, mainly in Germany, to flavour May wine (called "Maiwein" or "Maibowle" in German), beer (Berliner Weisse), brandy, sausages, jelly, jam, a soft drink (Tarhun), ice cream, and a herbal tea with gentle sedative properties.

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1 large bar 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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4 to 6 bottle soda water

Ingredient: soda water

Also Known As:  seltzer, sparkling water, fizzy water What it is:  Additive
Water which is carbonated and thus made effervescent by the addition of carbon dioxide gas under pressure. In 1767 Englishman Joseph Priestley invented soda water, also known as Carbonated water, when he first discovered a method of infusing water with carbon dioxide when he suspended a bowl of water above a beer vat at a local brewery in Leeds, England.

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1/2 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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and sufficient berries and grapes
8 bottle Rhine wine

Ingredient: Rhine wine

Also Known As:  Riesling What it is:  Wine
Germany produces wines in many style, but wines from along the Rhine river valley been predominantly white, slightly sweet, low in alcohol, light and un-oaked.

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or Moselle wine
1 bottle Champagne

Ingredient: Champagne

Also Known As:  Sparkling wine What it is:  Wine
Sparkling wine produced by inducing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of the wine to effect carbonation. It is produced exclusively within the Champagne region of France.

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(Use a large punch bowl.)

Then put your Woodruff and Brandy, etc., into the bowl, and stir up with a ladle, and you will have 2-1/2 to 3 gallons of excellent May Wine Punch; surround the bowl with ice, serve in a wine glass in such a manner that each customer will get a piece of all of the fruits contained in the punch.