Millionaire Punch – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Feb 28 2014 - 3:29am by RetroRuth

Anybody feeling wealthy today? Then how about some Millionaire Punch?


This recipe is from the fantastic Here’s How cocktail book from 1941. Besides having a wooden cover and bound with leather strips and hinges, it also has some fantastic illustrations.


Millionaire Punch
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1 dash lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 jigger bourbon
  • 2 dashes grenadine
  • Dash Creme de Menthe
  1. Shake well with cracked ice and strain into goblet. Add Creme de Menthe and dress with fruit.


Not exactly sure why this is called Millionaire Punch, but if I was to speculate I would probably guess it is the look of this thing. It uses two citrus fruits as garnish and it is served in a goblet. Faaan-cy!



“How is it?”

“Oh man, so sour. Millionaires must have eaten a lot of lemons back in the day.”

The Verdict: Sour

From The Tasting Notes –

Painfully sour, although the citrus/mint combo had a very pleasant aftertaste. Too much lemon, but the lemon we used may have been too big. Maybe lemons used to be smaller? The drink would definitely be better with much less lemon, probably about two tablespoons of lemon juice rather than a whole lemon.

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7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Lassie February 28, 2014 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Pretty drink, and I would love to take a look at that book!
    Thanks for trying these funny old cocktails out for us, I look forward to vicariously joining in on Fridays 😀

  2. Yinzerella February 28, 2014 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Not quite the color of money.

  3. Kate H February 28, 2014 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Good for St Pat’s day!

  4. Libby February 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    That book looks awesome! Can you please print out the poem/toast at the end? I’m dying to read it in its entirety. Looks like one I might want t use 😉

    • Lassie March 1, 2014 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Google “Here’s to the maiden of bashful fifteen, here’s to the widow of fifty” and find they are the beginning of the lyrics to an old Irish drinking song :-D.

      • Adam C. March 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

        Pretty sure that – while a drinking song – it’s a drinking song from “A School for Scandal”, one of my favourite plays. =)

  5. Jen March 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    It is a pretty drink, but it does seem to be heavy on the sour. I believe Eric Felten’s book mentions this—I’ll have to see what his proportions are if that’s the case.

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