“Bottle stands— pass it round—way of the sun—through the button hole—no heeltaps.”    -Mr. Jingle in The Pickwick


Wardle and his Friends Under the Influence of the Salmon


What larks!   Our first night of celebrating Dickensian conviviality was a big success.  Below are the drinks enjoyed by our guests (all recipes from Convivial Dickens, the Drinks of Dickens and His Times by Edward Hewett and W.F. Axton, 1983).  My favorite was Dickens’ own punch.  For our next event (at McGillin’s Olde Ale House, the oldest bar in Philly), we’ll have different drinks (although I think we may keep the Punch) and some different activities for the evening.  If you are in the Philadelphia area, come join us on Oct 15.

Port wine mixed with hot water, sugar and spices. Mentioned in several Dickens’ works.
2oz lump sugar
2 lemons
1 bottle port
1 pint boiling water
Grated nutmeg

Ale, porter and gin, warmed with bitters.
Mentioned in Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop and Our Mutual Friend
1 pint ale warmed
1 pint porter or stout warmed
4 oz gin
Mint Julep
Dickens’ favorite drink when he visited America in 1842

Dickens’ Own Punch
Punch was the drink of choice for gentlemen. Most men had their own particular recipe and it was the most commonplace drink after any dinner. Here’s Dickens’ recipe:

Juice and rind of 3 lemons
2 good handfuls of lump sugar
1 quart boiling water (or this could be cold water or ice instead)
1 pint old rum
1 or 2 large wineglasses of brandy