Saturday, January 22, 2011
Exhibit #50: United Service Punch + 4 Fizzes
United Service Punch $6
London’s United Service Club was founded in 1815 as a way to bring together senior officers of the British Army & Navy following the Napoleonic Wars. The club’s punch was a traditional affair straight out of the previous century: black tea, Arrack (a rum-like Indonesian spirit), lemon juice and lemon oil, sugar. And appropriately so – it was British and Dutch sailors and merchants who most likely hit upon the idea of combining Arrack with citrus, water and sugar in the 17th century – the punch template. Served hot.
Nos. 36 to 39 in the Fizz Countdown:
Bismarck Fizz $6
White wine (Kung Fu Girl Riesling), raspberry syrup, lemon juice, club soda, up. From the old Waldorf-Astoria, and allegedly a favorite of statesman Otto von Bismarck.
Holland Fizz $8
Old Tom gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, mint, up. Essentially a Silver Fizz with mint garnish.
Pineapple Fizz $7
Light rum (Matusalem), pineapple juice, simple syrup, club soda, up.
Ruby Fizz $8
A variation on the Sloe Gin Fizz which add egg white and a bit of pomegranate syrup to the formula (sloe gin, lemon juice, sugar, club soda, up).