Bombay Cocktail (No. 1)

Bombay Cocktail (No. 1)

4 Dashes Lemon Juice
3/4 Wineglass East Indian Punch (1 1/2 oz Ponche Raja)

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

About “East Indian Punch” cocktaildb sez, “Defunct. Likely to have been a brand or other descriptive designation for a Swedish Punsch-style liqueur.”

When I was questing for Swedish Punsch a local liquor store suggested I purchase this product as a replacement.

I figured I’d use it here, what with the maharaja and East Indian theme on the bottle.

It is just awful. Sweetened grain alcohol flavored with vanillin.

The only nice things are the shiny bottle and kitschy label.

If you value your brain cells, I’d suggest avoiding it.

This is going down the sink. From here on out, I’ll be substituting my homemade Swedish Punsch. Whether or not it really tastes like Swedish Punsch or East Indian Punch, at least I know that it tastes good.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.

One thought on “Bombay Cocktail (No. 1)

  1. thanks for warning of “Ponche Raja”. EAST INDIA PUNCH (as “created to mark the arrival in London of a Ruling Indian Prince” H.Craddock/Savoy Cocktail Book) however must have been something based on typical Indian ingredients (fruits = for Brandy), not merely “any” grain like that “ponche Raja” booze ! –
    Great idea to re-make all of Craddock’s recipes, how about collecting material for an `Encyclopedia of British Colonial Drinks´ and starting by `Cocktails of British India´? I wonder, if that Indian Prince as mentioned by Craddock was not already excellently familiar with “East India(n) Punch” at the time of his arrival in Britain, and if the Punch as the -eastern !- ingredient of the “East and West Cocktail” was not just to remind him symbolically of the perfect harmony of his Anglo-Indian cultural background (I suspect that the Punch itself was introduced to India by the British and was not of purely Indian origin) with the culture of his motherland and worldpower Great Britain as united in a glass of refreshing delicious cocktail, the harmony of the cocktail representing the harmony within the `everlasting´ British Empire !

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