Sunday, January 4, 2009

Heretical Suggestion #2

It was my intention to advise you on two great products I discovered over the holidays. I was foiled in plan to do so by the odd development that one of the aforementioned genius products is not mentioned on the company website at all. Perhaps it was a test and they have not committed electronically-speaking to ownership of the item in whole, just in the part requiring their banner on the carton at the supermarket. A tad annoying, quite frankly. I have contacted the appropriate corporate agency and expect to have this squared away in no time.

Moving on, I think the world of a new mixer made by Canada Dry (no, indeed, the Hostess is not paid to mention products, in fact, she pays to enjoy them!) called Green Tea Ginger Ale, but not with any intention of using said product as a cocktail mixer. I think it would muddle a cocktail unforgivably though it is fantastically tasty. Rather, I see it as a potentially new and sprightly punch sensation.

Charleston Receipts. To my mind, the preeminent Junior League cookbook is as iconic for its status as a chronicle of both historical Low Country food ways over two centuries as for its position as keeper of all the once-secret recipes of generations of well-known Charleston hostesses, their family names nearly as iconic in that fair city as the book itself. In recipes dating as far back as 1890 or possibly even earlier (things can sometimes get a bit murky in the recording, for example: "... as served at the Club's last dance some years ago", this book was first published in 1950, it is hard to say how old some old recipes are...) and making up to 650 servings (I kid you not), green tea is included as an ingredient in no fewer than seven punch recipes:

St. Cecilia Punch
Charleston Light Dragoon Punch
Otranto Club Punch
Cotillion Club Punch
Champagne Punch
Regent's Punch
Frost Punch

Green tea of the sweetened Lipton bottled drink is not what these recipes are after. Keep in mind; this was 1890, in some cases. No, more like freshly brewed and cooled actual green tea. But - and here is where my old pal Libby (of the finest Charleston stock) calls and threatens to confiscate my copy of Charleston Receipts again, having lost her patience "for good, this time, you heretic.", after the Red Velvet Cake recipe posted herein... I am just saying if one were to swap in the Green Tea Ginger Ale for the gun powder green or green tea... Who knows, it could lead to merriment in Charleston all over again. One should just be careful to call their creation by another moniker so as not to muck up the accuracy of these recipes to their given local names, or Libby will have both our heads.


Starr said...

Greetings from England. Although I can't comment on your "heresy," I thought you'd like to know what I've learned about Alexandra Stoddard's report that a second "mother" at tea time will have "ginger haired twins."

Every single person I've asked (including two ginger-heads) have never heard of such a superstition. I've asked Brits from Yorkshire (which is well-known for its abundance of superstitions) and London, English and South Africans and Americans. Nobody has ever heard such a thing. But it led to an interesting discussion with one of my ginger friends about how there is talk of creating a DNA bank, because the recessive genes for redheads are being lost in the UK.

Blushing hostess said...

Hello Starr, Hope you're well! This is fascinating to me - my Mom is a British decended red head, though not a twin. For the sake of all children raised by the greats like my Mom, I certainly hope they endure! Be well, The Hostess