I'd been wanting to try Swedish Punsch forever. I kept running across it in antique cocktail recipes and it sounded romantic and...um...Swedish. But when I did find the stuff for sale, it was tres expensive, and for a bottle I'd use only rarely, I couldn't quite bring myself to buy it.
Thanks to the good folk at drinkupnewyork.com, though I have found a reasonably priced bottle and am now in possession of it. The nice UPS man brought it to the door just today.
I tasted a little. It's spicy, not unlike the Falernum/Allspice Dram end of liqueurs, but not nearly as sweet, which is a good thing, I think. And it's rum-based, so it'll be fun to experiment with the summertime rum drinks I make with it. But it's best to start, I think, with the classics.
Ted Haigh is one of my gurus in classic cocktail-age, so perhaps this week's drink should be his namesake tipple. He's known as Doctor Cocktail. Here's what I'll be mixing up in just a few minutes:
The Doctor Cocktail
2 oz Jamaica rum
1 oz Swedish Punsch
1 oz fresh lime juice
Shake over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a lime twist.
Cheers! And see you on the air at four Thursday!