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Mississippi Punch

Audrey Hepburn | Breakfast at Tiffany's | 1961
Mississippi Punch Recipe - Holly Golightly - Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffany's

Mississippi Punch

This highly alcoholic party drink appears in the earliest mixology book, Jerry Thomas’s 1862 How to Mix Drinks, with this single-serving version. However, it can also be made in a punchbowl to the same proportions, with fruit such as oranges and berries added for a more ‘punchy’ taste and appearance.

[short excerpt from Cocktails of the Movies]


2 oz / 50 ml cognac
1 oz / 25 ml bourbon
1⁄2 oz / 12.5 ml lemon juice
1⁄2 oz / 12.5 ml sugar syrup
1 oz / 25 ml dark rum

Shake all the ingredients except the rum with crushed ice and pour into a Collins glass, unstrained. Top the glass with more crushed ice, gently pour over the rum and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.