Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Imperial Drink for Families

2 ounce cream of tartar

Ingredient: cream of tartar

Also Known As:  Potassium bitartrate, potassium hydrogen tartrate What it is:  Additive

A byproduct of winemaking, it crystallizes in wine casks during the fermentation of grape juice, and can precipitate out of wine in bottle. This crude form (known as beeswing) is collected and purified to produce the white, odorless, acidic powder used for many culinary and other household purposes. Used as a binder in hot drinks and to stabilize and emulsify beaten egg whites.

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2 lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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1/2 pound 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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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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Two ounces of cream of tartar, the juice and peel of two or three lemons, and half a pound of coarse sugar. Put these into a gallon pitcher, and pour on boiling water. When cool. it will be fit for use.