This is taken from a letter Dickens wrote in 1847 where he gave his recipe for punch. This is a strong punch. Serve it in small quantities.
Around the beginning of the twentieth century, America invented the ultimate cocktail: the martini. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop made a special version with an added splash of absinthe and called it the Obituary Cocktail.
Chill in a shaker, strain into a glass laced with Pernod or Herbsaint (originally absinthe), garnish with a lemon twist.