2 oz. Brandy
1 oz. Jamaica rum
1 oz. Bourbon
1 tbsp. Powdered sugar
Juice of half a large lemon
In your shaker, stir the sugar and lemon
juice together until the sugar dissolves. Add the remaining ingredients
and a tumblerful of shaved ice. Shake well and serve unstrained in a large
glass. (I find a pint glass works well.)
Garnish with small pieces of orange and
berries in season. A straw is recommended.
Adapted from Imbibe! By David Wondrich.
The Mississippi Punch is one of those drinks
that has the pleasant characteristic of all the base spirits blending together
well, yet each one still being able to be picked out. Also, it's a strong
drink, but doesn't have an overly boozy burn. It definitely evokes the
era when tipplers weren't shy about getting a snootful.but still wanted
it to be flavorful and have the veneer of class.
You can also look at it this way: If you have
Bourbon, rum and brandy lying around and don't particularly like any of
them on their own, the Mississippi Punch is definitely for you. You could
probably even make a game out of challenging your fellow drinkers to identify
the 3 base spirits. The first one to correctly identify them all gets to
wear some sort of distinctive hat signifying his/her status! (One of those
Huck Finn straw jobs would be appropriate).
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