Do a little research, and there’s reason to believe this is the perfect drink for Mother’s Day. Or, more specifically, unfit Mother’s Day.
The modern incarnation of Mother’s Ruin Punch is widely credited to bartender Phil Ward of New York’s popular Death & Co speakeasy. gin began to burn across the UK Even though these early variations consisted of gin, water, a slice of lime and a piece of frozen coal when ice cubes were not readily available.
Londoners were the first to embrace the spirit that eventually became known as Mother’s Ruin. Famously, Hogarth’s Gin Lane shops proudly beckoned shoppers with signs reading ‘drunk for a penny, dead drunk for twopence, clean straw for nothing’. (The straw, by the way, was not for drinking or polluting the environment; it was for fainting).
By the mid-1700s, there were over 7,000 dram shops in London, with over 10 million gallons distilled and gobbled up each year. And by glutton, we’re talking about the average Londoner who drinks 14 gallons of gin every year. Which could have something to do with the death rate exceeding the birth rate in London as gin established itself as ‘the opium of the people’.
Women were particularly keen consumers, presenting a certain problem when there were children to raise. As noted on historic-uk.com, “Much of the gin was drunk by women: as a result, children were neglected, girls were sold into prostitution and nannies gave babies gin to calm them down. It worked provided they received a large enough dose! »
And the horror stories didn’t stop with loaded babies. After strangling her daughter and selling her clothes for money to buy more gin, Judith Defour was hanged in London in 1734. After the invention of carbonation in the 1800s, sugar, bitter and juices have opened up a whole new world of tendrils and fizzies. with appropriate punches.
But back to Mother’s Day (as opposed to Unfit Mother’s Day).
For those too lazy to track down the Mother’s Ruin Punch recipe, Ryan Reynolds from Vancouver stepped up today with an explainer video. Predictably, it incorporates many Portland-produced Aviation American Gins, in which the A-list actor bought a stake in 2018.
The music video for Mother’s Ruin Punch incorporates Reynolds’ mother. Who, we might suggest, seems like the best mom ever, even though she spends a lot of her time in the kitchen around the punch bowl suggesting her son isn’t mixing things up properly. Or by paying enough attention to personal grooming. Or take it easy on the ruin of the mother…er…Aviation American Gin.
Look below. And don’t forget to hammer with your mom this Mother’s Day.