Summer is rapidly approaching and I want to take the opportunity to feature some warm weather recipes from the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook. How does some nice punch strike you? (“How would you like a nice Hawaiian Punch?”) However, this particular recipe has a small mystery attached to it.
As the cookbook was published at the height of Prohibition, the punch recipe features fruits and juices and tea and ice but no alcohol. It is described as “censor proof” and anyone preparing it is advised that they must use their imagination to supply any additional ingredients.
Well! Richard Barthelmess, I am SHOCKED!
I thought it would be fun to have you, dear readers, decide on these ingredients. I have prepared a poll that will include assorted 1929-illegal beverages that were common punch ingredients. (For what it’s worth, my father– born 1941– tells me that his high school class would spike their punch with rum, which the girls concealed in their petticoats. Ah, the innocent fifties!) I have not found many period recipes that call for gin in punch (though there are a few) but I included it as an option because, come on, it’s the 1920s, how could I not?
Vote for as many or as few choices as you like. All ingredients that get 60% or more “YES” votes will be included in the punch. And if the “NONE” option gets 80% of the votes, I will drink the punch in a manner that would be approved by Will Hays himself.
In the interest of giving you as much information as possible for this important decision, the punch ingredients that are named are pineapple, bananas, strawberries, oranges, lemons, “unfermented” grape juice, tea and sugar.
Remember, you can check as many boxes as you like.
If you have trouble seeing the poll, here is a direct link.
Thanks so much for assisting with this scandalous decision. (And SHAME ON YOU!)
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