HISTORICAL RECIPE #3 ROYAL PUNCH

The Georgian era is widely known for its excesses, the least of which was heavy drinking. A typical Georgian gentleman of leisure would spend his days frequenting one of the myriad coffee rooms and his evenings, many times into the wee hours, in a gaming house, tavern, or gentleman’s club roistering with his cronies over a brimming punch bowl.

MIDNIGHT MODERN CONVERSATION by William Hogarth (10 November 1697 – 26 October 1764) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic and editorial cartoonist who has been credited with pioneering western sequential art. His work ranged from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called "modern moral subjects". Knowledge of his work is so pervasive that satirical political illustrations in this style are often referred to as "Hogarthian."

Original Recipe For Punch Royal  from John Nott, The Cook’s and Confectioners’s Dictionary, London: 1723 

Take three pints of the best brandy, as much spring-water, a pint or better of the best lime-juice, a pound of double refined sugar.

 ** This punch is better than weaker punch, for it does not so easily affect the head, by reason of the large quantity of lime-juice more than common, and is more grateful and comfortable to the stomach.**

CHEERS!

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