Many of us are cheering the New Year this evening with a glass of champagne, but 19th century New Yorkers were looking forward a liberally-spiked bowl of punch at tomorrow's New Year's Day reception.
According to one 1869 description, "This mysterious beverage is a New York institution ... Lemons, rum, cordials, honey, and mysterious mixtures, from mysterious bottles brought by the compounder, enter into this drink. So delicious is it, that for a man to be drunk on New Year's day from punch is not considered any disgrace.”
'The Secrets of the Great City' (1868) adds that on January 2, "one-half of New York is sick. Doctors are in demand. Headaches and various other ailments caused by punch are frequent."
Join us TOMORROW at 3 p.m. as we go back in time to the mid-19th century to meet the Tredwells and hear about their New Year’s Day celebrations. We look forward to continuing the 19th century tradition of renewing, reviving, and reaffirming friendships that last the whole year through. Register at https://merchantshouse.org/calendar/reservations/#!/January-1-3-p-m-New-Years-Day-Celebration/p/508471346/category=1651948
Pictured: "Still Life with Champagne and Oysters," by Johann Wilhelm Preyer, 1857.