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Enjoy this recipe from the collection of Claiborne Papers in the possession of the Virginia Historical Society.


  • Liquor
  • French or apple brandy
  • Rum
  • Peach brandy
  • Sugar
  • Mint
  • Strawberries


Add French or Apple brandy and rum in equal parts (say a small wine glass of each) with a dash of peach brandy to flavor to a half-pint goblet (silver if you have it). Add about 1 teaspoon of sugar and dissolve. Use little or no water. Fill the goblet with powdered ice and put the sprigs of mint in last without bruising them. Crown with a few strawberries.