Miss Patty’s Punch from Gilmore Girls | How to Drink

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Gilmore Girls is an institution it seems with legions of fans everywhere and I... am not actually one of them. Sorry, I'm sure it's a fine show, I just never got into it, maybe I will now? Anyway, a fair number of you requested that I recreate Miss Patty's Founder's Day Punch from the episode where Old Man Twickum dies, and I did. This is actually also a milk punch, which is a super neat and classic punch thing, I'll do a whole episode on that subject down the road but for now, the techniques you're looking for are here. The episode didn't really give me a lot to go off of to craft this punch- it's red, high proof, and easy to drink, BUT it is called Founder's Day Punch... so I looked into the founding date of the fictional town where Gilmore Girls takes place: 1779. That's a good year for Punch, really the apex of punchdom. So I pulled out my copy of David Wondrich's Punch! and I thumbed through looking for inspiration, some kind of starting off point. I found Ruby Punch, which would give the right look and taste plus be time period appropriate, made a tweak or two to the recipe, and came up with my version of Miss Patty's Founder's Day Punch.

Tea & Oleo-Saccharum Mixture
Place the peels of two lemons into a bowl
Add 4 oz. -or- 114 grams of sugar to the bowl
Muddle sugar and lemon peels
Add 6.75 oz. -or- 200 ml. Strong English Breakfast tea to bowl
Stir till sugar is dissovled
remove peels from Tea & Oleo

Founder''s Punch (individual)
3 oz. -or- 90 ml. Tea & Oleo
.75 oz. -or- 22 ml. Lemon Juice
1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Batavia Arrack
2 oz. -or- 60 ml. Whole Milk
Strain through cheesecloth or nut milk bag
Serve as you like!

Founder''s Punch (Approx. Gallon)
6.25 cups -or- 1.475 Liters Tea & Oleo
1.5 cups -or- 364 ml. Lemon Juice
2 cups -or- 488 ml. Ruby Port Wine
2 cups -or- 488 ml. Batavia Arrack
4 cups -or- 1 liter Whole Milk
Strain through cheesecloth or nutmilk bag
Let cloudiness settle, siphon off
Bottle or serve!


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