“You can’t be a man. Don’t even try. Be a woman. It’s powerful business when done correctly.”— Bobbie Barrett to Peggy Olson, Mad Men season 2, “The New Girl”
This drink is an adaptation of a party punch from a 1968 collection of dessert recipes1 published by Favorite Recipes of America. The original, “Apple Blossom Punch,” was submitted by one “Mrs. John R. Murphy, Home Economics Teacher, Point Loma, Calif.”
My version has been liberated from the punch bowl. It tastes sweet and looks pretty, but it’ll hit you when you’re not looking.
1 oz. sparking apple cider 3 to 4 oz. ginger beer2 2 ½ oz. light rum ½ oz. hot-process grenadine juice of one lime
Shake the rum, grenadine and lime juice and strain into a tall glass of ice. Add the cider. Top off with ginger beer. Stir.
“Favorite Recipes of America: Desserts” is no longer in print, but you can find it used. Most of the drink recipes are pretty awful, but the apple pie with crumble topping? Oh my. ↩
Mrs. Murphy probably used Canada Dry, but you have better options. Fever Tree ginger beer is clean and subtle with dainty little bubbles, and it plays nice with the other ingredients. ↩
Now, if only I could find some cider and grenadine…