The DRINKING AND WINNING giveaway hop sponsored by Reading Romances is a giveaway event where each participating blog hosts their own giveaway and then all hosts are linked up so our followers hop between one blog to another!
To honor this event, the Georgian Junkie authors LUCINDA BRANT and EMERY LEE (aka Victoria Vane) invite you to enjoy a favorite Georgian era libation, ARRACK PUNCH and to comment on this post below for a book giveaway.
Arrack, also spelled arak, is a distilled alcohol typically produced in Asia from either the fermented sap of coconut flowers, sugarcaine, grain (e.g. red rice) or fruit depending upon the country of origin. The clear distillate may be blended, aged in wooden barrels, or repeatedly distilled and filtered depending upon the taste and color objectives of the manufacturer.
The Times, of London, 14th January 1788
“The gentlemen, after dinner, agreed on arrack punch for their beverage; and the Doctor, who was an excellent composer of that liquor, was requested to act as apothecary on the occasion. On taking the sense of the company as to the quality of the composition, some proposed the addition of acid, others that of sugar, more of spirit–” I’ll tell you what, gentlemen,” said the Doctor, “the punch may not be quite so good as you could with, but by G-d if you MEND it at all, you’ll entirely SPOIL it.”
“During the whole of the last century, punch ruled with a sovereign sway. Besides it peculiar attractions, it had a kin do political prestige as being the favourite beverage of the dominant Whig party…The wits and essayists praised it as the choicest of liquors-need we speak of Johnson, Garrick, Fox, Sheridan as punch-drinkers! The punch bowl was an indispensible vessel in every house above the humblest class. .. Songs, innumerable proclaimed the virtues of punch, and extolled it as a panacea for all diseases. Dr. Short, a physician of great ability and repute says that ‘punch is an admirable liquor. Dr. Cheyne, however said with much better judgment that there was not one salutary ingredient in it except the water and termed it a heathenish liquor… – PUNCH AND PUNCH BOWLS from The Book of Days, A Miscellany of Populr Antiquities in Connection with the Calendar including Anecdote, Biography,& History Curiosities of Literature and Oddities of Human Life and Character, Edited by R. Chambers 1878
“The Light of Nature Pursued”, By Abraham Tucker, 1768
“…water, arrack, orange juice and sugar, compose punch, which we reckon a new production, because it affects our senses with a taste and appearance the several ingredients had not before.”
“The Craftsman; or SAY’s Weekly Journal”, 12th September, 1767
“…where the company had drank liberally of arrack punch…”
The Public Register Or Freemans Journal, of Dublin, 12th March 1765
“…the Officer entertained him with a Dinner, and Arrack Punch,…”
“The Proceedings of the Old Bailey”, 16th January 1735
“…He asked me to drink a Glass of Punch, and so I went in, and he and I drank four or five Bowls of Arrack Punch…”
THE ULTIMATE LOSS OF THIS LIBATION’S POPULARITY IS LARGELY ATTRIBUTED TO THE HORRENDOUS HEADACHES IT INFLICTED!
RECIPE FOR ARRACK PUNCH
1 oz orange juice (3 cl, 1/4 gills)
1 oz lemon juice (3 cl, 1/4 gills)
1 tsp sugar (4 dashes)
1 1/2 oz Batavia Arak (4.5 cl, 3/8 gills)
Serve in a rocks glass (6.0 oz)