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Potent Potables

by The Staff on February 20, 2014


What better way for the Albany Institute of History & Art to highlight an exhibit of their vintage punch-bowl collection than having a gala event showcasing the kind of liquid delights that once filled them?

At the Potent Potables shindig on Wednesday night, you will be able to sample five classic punches: Champagne Punch, Cherry Bounce, Lime Rub Shrub, Regents Punch and Pumpelly Punch.

That last concoction, Pumpelly Punch, was a specialty of turn-of-the-century Albany hostess Mrs. Harmon Pumpelly Read; it is a blend of “Santa Croix rum, brandy, arrack, peach brandy, strong green tea, Champagne, sugar, lemon juice and water.”

Yum! And, pow!

The punch bowl collection includes a “massive” Chinese bowl once owned by New York Gov. Daniel T. Tompkins. You won’t be able to drink anything from it, but you can imagine all the political and social deals its contents once lubricated.

Potent Potables will be held Wednesday (Feb. 26) from 6 to 8 PM at the Albany Institute of History & Art (125 Washington Ave., Albany). Tickets are $25, and you must be 21 or over, with a valid ID, to attend. To order tickets, visit albanyinstitute.org or call 463-4478 ext. 412.