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Dinner with the Raj - Drinks


Bengal Lancer’s Punch

4 fl oz each of orange, lime and pineapple juice

2 oz icing sugar

6 fl oz Barbados Rum

6 fl oz Cointreau

2 bottles claret

1 bottle champagne

20 fl oz soda water

 Place the juices in a bowl and stir in the sugar. Add rum, cointreau and claret. Place a block of ice in the bowl and pour in the champagne and soda water.

‘Quite a special punch. Reserved for such celebratory occasions as when the regiment won the polo tournaments.’  

Family recipe quoted by Jennifer Brennan


Ginger Tea

Suggested by Wyvern as an aid to digestion—no recipe given except add sugar and raw ginger to boiling water!


Pine-apple Water

Peel, slice, and pound an eighteenpenny foreign pine, until well pulped; take this up into a basin, pour in a pint of boiling sugar syrup; add the juice of a lemon, stir together, cover with a plate, and when the whole has steeped for a couple of hours, filter through a sieve or jelly-bag; add a quart of spring-water.   



Gin Punch

Half a pint of old gin, a gill of maraschino, the juice of two lemons, the rind of half a lemon, four ounces of syrup, a quart bottle of German seltzer-water; ice well.   



Milk Punch

Put the following ingredients into a very clean pitcher; viz.,- the juice of six lemons, the rind of two, one pound of sugar, an eighteenpenny pine-apple—peeled, sliced and pounded; six cloves, twenty coriander seeds, a small stick of cinnamon, one pint of brandy, ditto of rum, a gill of rack  (aniseed flavoured liqueur—pernod or ouzo  could be used today), a breakfast-cup of strong-made green tea, and a quart of boiling water; the boiling water to be added last; cork this down to prevent evaporation, and allow these ingredients to steep for at least six hours; then add a quart of hot milk, and the juice of two lemons; mix and filter through a clean jelly bag; and when the punch has passed bright, put it away in clean tight-corked bottles.  This punch is intended to be iced for  drinking; either after turtle soup or otherwise.  I confess that, in my opinion, a glass of genuine old Madeira is far preferable after turtle to any cloying beverage—such as Roman punch for instance; but east of Temple Bar, epicures seem to be of an opposite way of thinking in the matter.   




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Strange But True

  • list arrowHow did Victorians try out a new invention?

    Test it on the servants of course! That's what happened in 1860 at The Judge's Lodging, when gas lighting was put into the basement and not the Judge's rooms. They wanted to see if they got sick from the fumes. The servants were fine - that's why we got the lights working again.

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