Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gather 'Round the Punch Bowl . . .

Punch Bowl and Goblets, The Examples of Household Taste (.c.1875)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Recipe Provenance
This recipe comes from a collection of recipes found in a manuscript journal located in the H. Furlong Baldwin Library at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. The manuscript is attributed to Ann Maria Morris and the date of 1824 is written on the inside cover. The recipe below is one of many from the manuscript that will be included in a book I am writing. The book will contain biographical information about Mrs. Morris, an annotated transcript of the entire manuscript as it was written, and a section of modern recipe adaptations (including this one!).

Punch – Mrs. Hollingsworth
[Note: Mrs. Hollingsworth was most likely a relation of Ann Maria Morris née Hollingsworth].

To a pint of Juice (or 16 lemons) 4 ½ lb. sugar, when dissolved, pour on one gallon boiling water, which makes a rich lemonade, when cold, add a pinch of best Spirit and a gill of peach Brandy.


Modern Recipe Adaptation: Mrs. Hollingsworth's Punch
Ingredients:
  • 1 Gallon Water
  • 4 1/2 Pounds of Sugar
  • Pint of Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed or bottled)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Cup Bourbon (or any other spirit)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 Cup Peach Brandy
Directions:
  1. In a large stockpot, bring the water to a boil. Take the water off the heat and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the lemon juice to the sugar and water to make a lemonade. Set aside to cool and then place in the refrigerator until completely chilled.
  2. Add the spirit and peach brandy to the lemonade. I used the larger amounts of spirits; the recipe is written with the smaller amounts, but I found the sweetness of the lemonade masked the taste of the spirits. 
  3. Place the punch in a bowl with ice. Garnish with peaches and/or lemons.

Note: You can adjust the amount of spirits 
to suit your taste!