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Jul 15, 2006 06:23 PM

1961 NYT Cookbook

Anyone out there have a copy of the NYT Cookbook from 1961? I'm trying to remember the recipe for Jamaican Punch (very good, btw) and don't quite have it right. Here's what I have:

1 qt strong tea, sweetened
1 qt ginger ale
2c rum
2c gin
2c lemon juice

If I remember correctly, the total should add up to 4 qts, so I'm missing 2 cups somewhere. Help would be much appreciated.

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  1. not only do i have the 1961 NYT cookbook, i use it to prop my elbow on while at the computer. they call for one quart gin. oranges. a quarter pound of lump sugar. those seem to be your missing.

    1. JAMAICAN PUNCH from the NYT Cookbook 1961
      1/4 pound lump sugar
      Oranges (rub sugar cubes on the oranges, oranges not used)
      1 qt clear, strong tea
      2 cups lemon juice
      1 qt gin
      2 cups rum
      1 teaspoon bitters
      1 quart chilled ginger ale
      (your recipe is short on gin)

      3 Replies
      1. re: PBSF

        my edition doesnt have the parenthetical note about the oranges

        1. re: MarkG

          The sugar and oranges were my paraphrase of step one of the instruction.

          1. re: MarkG

            Nor does mine, but I think it was added because the instructions are vague about what to do with the oranges. Indeed, it does not even say how many...just "oranges"

            The last instruction says to garnish wit mint, cherries, and ORANGE slices. So it looks as if they are used after all.

        2. Just to keep us street legal, here's a site that has the exact recipe as is in the NYT cookbook, except they forgot to say clear, strong tea.