Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Milk Punch

1/4 table-spoon 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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1/3 large bar glass ice

Ingredient: ice

What it is:  Additive
The new general availability of ice in the mid 1800s revolutionized bar-tending and drinking. Ice was delivered in blocks that then had to to be broken, crushed, picked and shaved for increasingly popular individual drinks (as opposed to large punches).

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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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1/2 wine-glass St. Croix rum

Ingredient: St. Croix rum

Also Known As:  Santa Cruz rum, Virgin Island rum What it is:  Rum
Rum produced in Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Typically light rums with a sharp flavor.

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1 large bar glass milk

Ingredient: milk

What it is:  Additive
Opaque white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals.

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to fill the glass
(Use a large bar glass.)

Fill the glass with rich milk, shake the ingredients together, strain into a fancy bar glass, grate a little nutmeg on top and serve.

Bartenders must understand that these prescriptions for mixed drinks are strictly and exclusively first-class ; therefore if a bartender works in a place which is not first-class, and is not getting a high price for his drinks, he must use his own judgement about the ingredients, in order not to sell his drinks without profit. For instance where I say Brandy in this mixed drink, Whiskey would have to be taken in place of it, and where the prescription calls for St. Croix rum, take Medford rum, etc. These would be the proper ingredients where a low price is charged for a Milk Punch. This illustration will answer for all other drinks.