Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Philadelphia Fish-House Punch

(From a recipe in the possession of Charles G. Leland, Esq.)
1/2 pint lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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3/4 pound white sugar

Ingredient: white sugar

What it is:  Additive
Class of edible crystalline substances, mainly sucrose for table sugar. 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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1/4 pint peach brandy

Ingredient: peach brandy

What it is:  Brandy
Fruit brandy made from peaches. Fruit brandy usually contains 40% to 45% ABV. It is usually colorless and is customarily drunk chilled or over ice.

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1/2 pint Cognac

Ingredient: Cognac

What it is:  Brandy

Variety of grape brandy, produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town of Cognac.

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1/4 pint Jamaica rum

Ingredient: Jamaica rum

What it is:  Rum
Generic term for dark rum from Jamaica. Dark rum differs from gold in that some residual molasses is retained in the final product, in order to slightly sweeten the flavor. Very popular in the late 1800s and superior to most New England rums. Modern approximations include Inner Circle, Gosling's Black Seal and Pusser's Navy Rum.

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2 1/2 pint water

Ingredient: water

What it is:  Additive
Ubiquitous chemical substance that is composed of hydrogen and oxygen and is essential for all forms of life -- also a component of all drinks.

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The above is generally sufficient for one person. [With real peach brandy no longer availabe, modify the recipe to include 1 oz of modern, sweet peach brandy, 9 oz of brandy and 6 oz of rum. Reduce sugar to approx 1/4 pound.]