Tuesday, March 20, 2012

palliative potion for pomona

1/3 Swedish Punsch (3/4 oz Kronan)
1/3 Bacardi (3/4 oz Tommy Bahama Golden Sun)
1/3 Dry Vermouth (3/4 oz Noilly Prat)
Juice 1 Lime (3/4 oz)
1 dash Pernod (1 barspoon Pernod Absinthe)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

The other recipe I spotted when I found the Okolehao Punch in Crosby Gaige's 1941 Cocktail Guide and Ladies' Companion was the Palliative Potion for Pomona. The drink's alliterative name supported my observation that it seemed like a rum-based Corpse Reviver #2. Here, the Corpse Reviver No. 2's orange liqueur was swapped for Swedish Punsch; strangely, some 1940s recipes for the Corpse Reviver #2, including Gaige's, called for Swedish Punsch, but it was used instead of Lillet in that variation.
The Palliative Potion for Pomona presented rum and Pernod's anise notes on the nose. A dry lime and French vermouth sip transitioned to a rum and Swedish Punsch swallow that finished off with the absinthe's botanical complexity. Definitely, the lime and absinthe made this recipe more intriguing than the Four Flush Cocktail from that time period.


Anonymous said...

Ah, nothing like alliteration. I need to try this. You are on a roll with the Swedish Punsch cocktails- I need to add it to our bar.

We are big fans of the blog.

frederic said...


Gaige's book is filled with crafty names (although some are not new ones like this but renamed ones to fit his theme).

Definitely excited about Swedish Punsch being re-available for purchase in this country. I know that a handful of us were making it (or having bottles smuggled over from Sweden), but that doesn't make the recipes as universal.