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Age of Innocence Cup

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Posted to Thread #7 at 10:03 pm on Jan 4, 2006

This is delicious!

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Age of Innocence Cup

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 quart freshly brewed tea (12 tea bags to 1 quart water)
1 quart fresh unsweetened orange juice
1 pint fresh unsweetened lemon juice
3 pints cranberry juice
2 cups sugar syrup (2 cups sugar, 1 cup water, boiled briefly)
4 quarts chilled ginger ale

Make tea by removing rapidly boiling water from heat, pouring over tea, and steeping for 5 minutes before removing bags. Mix tea, juices, and syrup, and store in icebox in quart jars. To serve, pour 1 jar of mixture and 1 quart of ginger ale over large chunk of ice in punch bowl.

""My" punch, which has brightened many an eye in this part of Northern California since I first spotted it in Craig Claiborne's New York Times Cookbook, has gradually been changed almost beyond recognition, but it can never be called anything, but the right and perfect name for it, and one I hope he would not begrudge us."
"With Bold Knife and Fork by M.F.K Fisher via Susan in NS"
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NOTES : Advantages of this recipe: nonalcoholic but with good "kick," no messy floating fruit, nice color, easy to make in big batches and store in icebox, easy to measure quart for quart.

"The magic although obviously non-Secret Ingredient in this recipe is, I suspect, its generous amount of strong tea. It brightens the eye, loosens the tongue, and I have watched many experienced tipplers return happily to the big bowl for more, unbelieving that it does not have a "stick" in it.

"People have asked me about robbing it of its virginity, and although I am purposely ignorant about punch-making in general, I am not too timid to surmise from reading about it that a fifth of good brandy could be added to the mixture, once cooked, and champagne used instead of ginger ale. This would make a light and not too heady drink, correctly pink and pretty (and free from unidentifiable floating objects), but one that should probably be renamed Loss of Innocence." --MFK Fisher

Eternity is a ham and two people. ~Dorothy Parker

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