Sunday, May 24, 2020

soother punch

25% Brandy (3/4 oz Camus VS Cognac)
25% Jamaican Rum (3/8 oz Smith & Cross + 3/8 oz Plantation Xaymaca)
25% Applejack (3/4 oz Laird's Bonded)
25% Curaçao (3/4 oz Pierre Ferrand)
1 tsp Sugar (1/4 oz Simple Syrup)
Juice 1/2 Lemon (3/4 oz)

Shake with ice, strain int a goblet with fine ice, and dress with fruit (lemon wheel).
For a cocktail two Sunday nights ago, I returned to my 1933 reprint of Jack's Manual and spotted the Soother Punch. The three spirits, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and sugar structure reminded me of the better known Fedora from Harry Johnson's 1882 New and Improved Bartender's Manual. Later, I would be able to trace the Soother Punch back to Jacques Straub's 1914 book Drinks. Here, the split spirits Sidecar called for Jamaican rum and applejack besides the brandy, and this varied from the Fedora which had Bourbon instead of applejack in addition to slightly different ratios. Once prepared, the Soother Punch greeted the senses with an orange, lemon, brandy, and rum funk bouquet. Next, a lemon sip made its way into a Cognac, funky rum, and orange swallow.

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