The Grand Secret of Punch

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Taught by Sarah Lohman

Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. She focuses on the history of American food as a way to access stories of women, immigrants, and people of color, and to address issues of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Her work has been featured inTheWall Street Journal andThe New York Times, as well as onAll Things Considered; and she has presented across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. She is also 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy, a monthly food science and history talk at Caveat NYC, with Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma. 



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This year, enliven your holiday party with a delicious, historic punch!

Punch is a time-honored tradition in New York, past due for a revival. According to The Lights and Shadows of New York Life published 1873: ”Punch is seen in all its glory on [New Year's] day, and each household strives to have the best of this article. There are regular punch-makers in the city, who reap a harvest at this time. Their services are engaged long before-hand, and they are kept busy all morning going from house to house, to make this beverage, which is no-where so palatable as in this city.”

In this class, we'll demo and drink, giving you the chance to make and taste three wintery punches. You'll learn how to make Charles Dickens' own recipe for an impressive, flaming-hot punch; we'll discuss the safety concerns regarding eggnog and look at several contemporary and antiquated recipes; and we'll try apple alcohol based cocktails that take advantage of holiday flavors and local ingredients.

Sign up to learn the time-tested secrets for perfectly delicious punch!

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