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Victorian Gin Punch

In Foto, Gin/Genever on April 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

jetzt new: auch in english!
yes, other language, tambien!

so let’s give it a try:

Well, yes it’s true – days get longer here in Berlin, but nights are still so funking cold, god dam! But no, calm down, that also means there is still good reasons to have a heartwarming hot helper and here is one of my new favourites:

The authentic Victorian Hot Gin Punch*)

juice 1/2 lemon

pinch ground cinnamon

1 stick of cinnamon to stir

1 clove

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon honey

1 large measure sweet dark Madeira wine

1 large measure (dry) gin

pot of boiling water

grated nutmeg

Method: Into a warm tumbler put the juice of half a lemon, the cinnamon and clove, and the sugar and honey. Three-quarters fill the glass with boiling water, add the Madeira and gin and stir with a stick of cinnamon. Grate nutmeg thereon and drink quickly.

We enjoyed it this saturday before going to the easter eve bonfire in Pfaffendorf/Brandenburg.

Some suggestions by the pro: easy on the lemon juice, but give some of the peel to it, too. And for the special historical kick: try it with Holland Gin (Genever)! Not only because of the house of Oranje-Nassau and William III. who reigned the islands (and all of  these, England and Ireland and Scotland) in the 17th century and brought  Jenever (progenitor of the London-Dry-Style-Gin) with him, but also it is a great spirit with a great taste and much body and therefore my liquer of coice for this one. Leftovers? Have it as the dutch do: cold (but not out of the freezer) shot! Or wait for the next of my drink writings and I’ll tell you about New Yorks gentlemen’s drink of the nineteenth century the Improved Holland Gin Cocktail!

(and the bottle looks great, too!)

*) inspired by Charles Dickens


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