Gin Punch #1

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Serve in

Collins glass...
2 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
¾ fl oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ fl oz Sugar syrup (2 sugar to 1 water)
2 fl oz Chilled water
1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
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How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and stain into ice-filled glass.

Garnish:

Lemon slice

Comment:

Light and refreshing, akin to alcoholic real lemonade.

About:

This is a version of the drink for which Limmer's Hotel in London was most famed: a Captain Gronow recalled it in his 1860s memoirs as one of the top, if filthy and seedy, sporting hangouts of 1814, thanks in part to its 'famous gin-punch'. A bartender named John Collins worked there later in the 19th century, and was famous enough to inspire a limerick, so many believe he created the Collins, which is similar to gin punch, although the drink is not named in the rhyme which goes as follows:

My name is John Collins,
head waiter at Limmer's,
Corner of Conduit Street,
Hanover Square,
My chief occupation is filling brimmers
For all the young gentlemen frequenters there.

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