Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes


8 ounce sodium carbonate

Ingredient: sodium carbonate

Also Known As:  washing soda, soda crystals, soda ash What it is:  Additive
Sodium salt of carbonic acid. It most commonly occurs as a crystalline heptahydrate, which readily effloresces to form a white powder, the monohydrate; and is domestically well known for its everyday use as a water softener. It has a cooling alkaline taste, and can be extracted from the ashes of many plants. It is synthetically produced in large quantities from table salt in a process known as the Solvay process.

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6 ounce tartaric acid

Ingredient: tartaric acid

What it is:  Additive
White crystalline diprotic organic acid. It occurs naturally in many plants, particularly grapes, bananas, and tamarinds, and is one of the main acids found in wine. It is added to other foods to give a sour taste, and is used as an antioxidant.

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2 pound loaf sugar

Ingredient: loaf sugar

Also Known As:  sugarloaf What it is:  Additive
Traditional form in which refined sugar was produced and sold until the late 19th century when granulated and cube sugars were introduced. A tall cone with a rounded top, it was the end product of a process that saw the dark molasses-rich raw sugar, which had been imported from sugar cane growing regions such as the Caribbean and Brazil, refined into white sugar. Raw cane sugar the best, easily available substitute.

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(finely powdered)
3 dram lemon essence

Ingredient: lemon essence

What it is:  Additive
Concentration of lemon oil and alcohol, which can be purchased or made by dissolving one ounce of pure, fresh lemon oil in one ping of alcohol (95 percent).

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Eight ounces of carbonate of soda, six ounces of tartaric acid, two pounds of loaf-sugar (finely powdered), three drachms of essence of lemon. Let the powders be very dry. Mix them intimately, and keep them for use in a wide-mouthed bottle, closely corked. Put two good-sized teaspoonfuls into a tumbler; pour in half a pint of cold water, stir briskly, and drink off.