Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Punch Grassot

(The following recipe was given by M. Grassot, the eminent French comedian of the "Palais Royal," to Mr. Howard Paul, the celebrated "Entertainer," when performing in Paris.)
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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5 drop Curaçao

Ingredient: Curaçao

Also Known As:  Curaçoa What it is:  Bitters

Liqueur flavored with the dried peels of the laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao.  Earlier versions were based on brandy or rum but now use neutral spirits.

Substitution:  Triple sec

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1 drop acetic acid

Ingredient: acetic acid

Also Known As:  ethanoic acid What it is:  Additive
An organic acid which gives vinegar its sour taste and pungent smell.

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2 tea-spoon 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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1 tea-spoon strawberry syrup

Ingredient: strawberry syrup

What it is:  Syrup
Combination of concentrated strawberry juice and simple (sugar) syrup.

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1/4 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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Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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sliced peel

Mix, serve up with ice, in large goblet, and, if possible, garnish the top with a slice of peach or apricot. In cold weather this punch is admirable served hot.