Hilah: Hey everybody. Welcome to Hilah Cooking.
I’m Hilah. Today I have a very special guest to celebrate . . . one
of many special guests, but we’re going to celebrate the 1-Year
anniversary of Hilah Cooking which is coming upon us rapidly. He’s
going to show me how to make some punch, because I love punch and
it’s a great party drink. Every time I have a party, I’m always like,
“I want to make some punch.” Then I’m like, “What goes in this
punch?” and then I end up making lemonade with some vodka in it. That’s
not really very creative. To help me out with that, I’ve got
the guy from the famous Tipsy Texan blogger. His name is David Allen,
everybody. Hey, you’re here. David: What’s going on? Hilah: What’s up? Look, it’s David. David: Happy birthday. Hilah: Thank you. David: That’s pretty rad. You seem a lot more
mature than 1-year-old. Not a lot but . . . Hilah: I have a syndrome where I grow extra
fast. By next year I’ll be 80. David: You look great for a 1-year-old. Hilah: Thanks. You’re going to show us how
to make some punch? David: Punch. Where’s the trashcan? Do you
have a trashcan? Hilah: Right there. David: Not trashcan punch, traditional classic
punch. Hilah: Classy punch. David: Classic classy punch. Before there
was cocktails, before people drank martinis, there was punch. Hilah: That was like the original . . . David: It goes back a couple centuries or
two. Hilah: Thanks for sharing. David: Group activity. Communal drinking. Hilah: Let’s have a group activity with just
me and you. David: That would be hot. That would be fun. Hilah: Awesome. Let’s do it. David: I’m going to jump into the punch bowl. Hilah: We have a bowl of sugar, some lemons,
and a small baseball bat. What’s going on here? David: It’s also called a muddler. Hilah: Got it. David: The key thing to remember when making
punch is that ingredients should be first quality. If you don’t love
your friends and family enough to buy good ingredients, you just shouldn’t
have them over, really Hilah: That’s a good point. That’s a good
lesson for everything. David: Don’t invite them over. Tell them to
stay home. If you’re going to serve crap, just tell them to stay home.
If we’re serving quality, we’re going to start . . . the first ingredient,
I guess, in our punch is going to be an oil-infused sugar that the
classical punch . . . people might have called an oleo saccharum.
That’s a pretty big word for punch, isn’t it? Hilah: That means oil and sugar. David: Like oil sugar. Hilah: Is that Greek, though? David: I think it’s . . . David Wonderich,
the punch historian, calls it dog Latin. What we’re going to do is take
the peels off of the lemon. What we want is just . . . we just
that yellow outside. That’s where the fancy oils, that’s where the zest
is. Leave as much of the white pith on the lemon as possible. We’re
just going to try to take off . . . like that; real pretty. Hers is
much more attractive than my long spiral. Hilah: I’m a professional chef. David: A spiral is very attractive. We’re
just going to peel all the lemons. Hilah: You’re faster, though. One last little
bit there. Now what happens? David: We’ve got half a dozen lemons, 6 ounces
or so of sugar. We’re just going to try to granulate it into here
with our . . . what do you call it, baseball bat muddler? We’ll call
it a muddler. Hilah: You want to be right. David: Use a ketchup bottle or whatever you’ve
got. We’re just trying to use that sugar to scrape off that zest,
that oil off of the zest; the fragrant . . . it really smells good,
doesn’t it? Hilah: Yeah, it does. David: I want to rub it on my face a little
bit. Hilah: On your body. David: Yeah, on my body. It smells good. We’re
just going to grind the sugar gently with the lemons. Then once we
have done that sufficiently, we’ve expressed all of the oil
out of the zest, we’re going to let this sit and infuse for half
an hour to a couple of hours. Hilah: Is that all? Are we done muddling? David: Do you want to take a shot at it? Hilah: I want to do a little bit. This is
fun. The sugar’s all like sandpaper in there, scraping everything up. David: The sugar is abrasing the oil off the
zest. It smells awesome, smells good. We’re basically flavoring the
sugar right now. Oleo saccharum. Hilah: That’s a good word. I should get the
spelling on that before you go. I think I did it sufficiently now. David: I think so. Looks good. In case . . . sorry.
It’s your show. I’m sorry. I forgot, I get carried away. Hilah: This guy. You were going to say that
we were going to not throw these away. David: Don’t throw the lemons away. Hilah: Wasteful. David: Wasteful. Hilah: We’re going to juice them. David: We’re going to cut them in half and
juice them. Hilah: Like so. David: You can use either a reamer-style or
a squeezer. Hilah: Totally going to juice more lemons
than you. David: Either way, you want to use fresh juice
always. I like to strain out the little seeds and bits. Hilah: The pulpies. David: Pulpy bits. Use a little mesh strainer
for that. Hilah: I think I’m beating you. David: I’m more about quality than the quantity. Hilah: My quality was better on the peels. David: Oh man. We’ll see when we taste that
oleo saccharum. I think a team effort is the key. Hilah: Good idea. We’re almost done. I was
going to ask you to talk about your blog and stuff, but no time for
that. David: Read about it at TipsyTexan.com. Hilah: That’s brilliant. David: We’re juiced here. Hilah: Wait. I’ll pour this. Strain this too. David: We’re going to strain this. We’re straining. Hilah: Crap. This thing pours like a mad man. David: Strain those juicy bits. Perfect, beautiful. Hilah: Now we’re going to dissolve the sugar
in the juice. David: The next goal is to dissolve the sugar.
We’re going to use about half the lemon juice we have, and then
just give it a good stir. We just want to dissolve that sugar. That
was pretty good. We’re just going to strain these guys off. You can keep
some of these for garnish; that would be good. Now we have our oleo saccharum, our lemon-infused
sugar, and we’ve made a little syrup with it, with the fresh-squeezed
lemon juice. Next part . . . do you know what the next part
is? Hilah: Is it booze? David: Add the booze. Hilah’s favorite part.
Start to put the punch together; obviously, you can’t have punch
without booze. Any type of booze can go in punch. Every time I’ve been
to Hilah’s house in the past, it’s been Everclear, which is . . . Hilah: Everclear’s good. David: No, that’s a bad play. It’s a really
low-budget play. It’s your birthday; you’ve got to dial it up a notch
if it’s birthday punch. We’re going to start with 1 cup of Jamaican
rum. Fragrant and delicious. Hilah: Smells good. David: 4 ounces, or 1/2 -cup of cognac. This
is a variation on a famous American punch called Philadelphia Fish House
Punch. When I say variation, what that means is I didn’t have
the right ingredients for it, so we’re faking it. Hilah: Sweet, I love variations. David: That’s cool. 4 ounces of that. Then
when you make Philadelphia Fish House Punch, it traditionally has a peach
brandy, which we don’t have, so I’m going to fake it by using a little
Applejack. Hilah: That’s like an apple brandy, right?
It’s still fruity. David: Right, fruity. Applejack’s a great,
old, classic American distillate. Then I’ve got this; it’s luxurious
in honor of your birthday. This is called Aqua Perfecta; it’s
a really fancy pear liquor. We’re going to do about 1 ounce of
that and see what happens. This is our bootleg fish house punch. Hilah: Why is it called fish house punch? David: There was a social organization around
Philadelphia, and this was their house punch. It was not uncommon
for clubs, associations, organizations to have a punch for the house. Hilah: Because it was a communal drinking
thing. David: We’re actually going to call this Hilah
House Punch. Hilah: Hilah’s Fish Punch. David: Whatever. Now we’re going to take our
juice, sugar, lemon, oil mixture . . . Hilah: Oleo saccharum. David: . . . our our oleo saccharum and add
that to the booze. I know this looks like a party, right? You just want
to . . . Hilah: I want to just chug it. David: It’s a little stout, even for a confirmed
lush like yourself. I should be speaking of myself. Hilah: Both of us. David: That’s a bit stout. We’re actually
going to add a little filtered water. I’m going to do about 1 1/2
pints or so, because punch is something that you should be able to drink
for hours on end . . . Hilah: Without throwing up. David: . . . without getting punch drunk. Hilah: Good one. David: Let’s see what this tastes like. We
need some ice; a little ice. Do we have ice? Hilah: Look at this one I made for you. David: Hilah made fancy ice. Hilah: I got a Jell-O mold, and I . . . it
was about 2 hours before we’re supposed to do it and he was like, “I
didn’t make an ice mold, did you?” I was like, “Crap, no”. I did just
put some ice cubes in here then add some water, and then froze that.
It’s a shortcut to the ice mold. David: With punch, you want a big ice mold.
You can take a milk jug or paper carton, fill it up with ice, freeze
it for a couple days, a day and a half. That way you get a big chunk of
ice in your punch. As your party goes on, the punch stays cold, it dilutes
but not too fast. It’s good. If you’re last-minute about it like
I am, you can do it Hilah’s way, which is pretty awesome. We’ve got our
big block of ice, and we’re just going to chill that a little bit.
Ladle it around. Hilah: This looks cool. David: Do you like this punch bowl? Hilah: I do love this punch bowl. David: It’s pretty big. Hilah: It’s amazing. David: It’s like a . . . you could bathe a
baby in it almost. Hilah: If it was a tiny premature baby. David: We’re going to taste our punch and
see how the balance is on it, and then make adjustments as we need to.
You want to go first? Don’t make a face if it’s bad. How does it
taste? Is it good? Hilah: I think it’s good. What do you think?
Is it a little too sweet? We could add more lemon juice maybe, or is
it good? David: That’s pretty darn good. Actually,
that’s rooty-tooty fresh and fruity. Hilah: I’m no punch expert. Yay, punch. Cool.
We should cheers or something, right? Awesome. David: Should we let the cameraman have some?
He’s not . . . he can’t drink? Hilah: No. David: Happy birthday. Hilah: Thanks for coming on the show. David: Cheers. Hilah: I’ll put this recipe up on the website.
Also check out the link that I will post to Tipsy Texan, which is
amazing. Cheers. Happy birthday.