Thursday, December 13, 2012

Modhouse Punch

Yeah, why not mix up a Merry Olde Bowl just the way they used to do it in the Good Old(e) Days - with plenty of Sprite and bright green lime gelatin. It's the traditional way to celebrate the holidays!

Well, sort of.

Anyway, it is called The Modhouse, doubtless in reference to the truly traditional Fish House Punch (recipe given at the link).

Fish House Punch is made by mixing rum, cognac and peach brandy and pouring these over a block of ice in a punch bowl. The liquors are then diluted with black tea and adorned with lemon slices. It was invented by an 18th century men's fishing club in Philadelphia, the Schuykill Fishing Company - which was nicknamed, you will not be surprised to hear, the Fish House.

This is the Modhouse recipe, just in case you have the urge to mix up something green and groovy from 1966.   They could have called it Limehouse because of all the limes, but it wouldn't really work because Limehouse is a neighborhood in the East End of London, and - well, it just wouldn't work. Modhouse it is, then:

1 6 ounce package lime gelatin
2 cups hot water
1/2 - 1 cup bottled lime juice
2 12 ounce cans frozen limeade concentrate
90 ounces!!! of Sprite (that's nine 10-ounce bottles, for you mathematicians out there)
1 measly teaspoon almond extract (which will totally get lost in all the neon lime soda chaos)

Dissolve gelatin in hot water.
Stir in the limeade concentrate.
Add the lime juice.
Then to serve it you pour it over a huge tub of cracked ice - oh yeah, you are going to need a whole job lot of cracked ice - and then add the 9 bottles of Sprite. It will make 48 4-ounce servings.

Also if you want it to be even more mod and sparkly you can add a fifth of vodka. I probably would, just as a way of celebrating having put this whole huge thing together.

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