This section is from the book "The Manufacture Of Liquors, Wines, And Cordials, Without The Aid Of Distillation", by Pierre Lacour. Also available from Amazon: Manufacture of Liquors, Wines, and Cordials, Without the Aid of Distillation.
Rectified whiskey, thirty-five gallons; honey, three gallons; decoction of strong tea, one quart; of bitter almonds, bruised, eight ounces (the almonds should not be rancid, as they leave an unpleasant taste on the palate); creasote, six drops; oil of wintergreen, ten drops, dissolved in an ounce of alcohol. If the above liquid is to be filtered through starch, the honey may be dispensed with. The bitter almonds give to this whiskey that peculiar nutty flavor on which its celebrity rests. The three gallons of honey! are to be dissolved in two gallons of water, and added; thus making the mass into forty gallons.
Clean whiskey, one hundred gallons; water, twenty gallons; honey, five gallons, - mix; wintergreen, twenty-five drops, dissolved in alcohol, ten ounces acetic ether, five ounces; one pint tincture sanders, one pint sugar coloring.
Starch filtered rectified whiskey, one hundred gallons; pale ale, four gallons; Jamaica rum, three gallons. This should be colored very slightly, as the spirit used may contain sufficient coloring for the whole. This whiskey usually comes in half barrels, and stands deservedly high with consumers; as yet it only has a local reputation.
Starch filtered whiskey, one hundred gallons; water, twenty-five gallons; decoction of strong tea two gallons; tincture of grains of paradise, one gallon; sanders wood, one quart; burnt sugar, one quart.
Clean spirit, five gallons; honey, one gallon; water to dissolve honey, half gallon; bruised bitter almonds, six ounces; rum, one quart; catechu, one ounce; spirit of vanilla, fifty drops; half pint tincture of cochineal; and half pint clean burnt sugar. This is a superb liquor, and of fine color.
Starch filtered whiskey proof, one hundred gallons; water, twenty gallons; decoction of strong tea, two gallons; tincture of grains of paradise, one gallon; two grains of ambergris, dissolved in hot alcohol, or well rubbed in a small portion (say two ounces) of sugar; acetic ether, eight ounces. If the whiskey originally contained no coloring, make use of burnt sugar alone, and color to suit fancy. As a general rule these whiskeys are not to be highly colored.
Starch filtered clean spirit, one hundred gallons; water, twenty-five gallons; strong tea, one gallon; tincture grains of paradise, one gallon; thirty drops wintergreen oil, dissolved in one ounce alcohol.
Clean spirit, five gallons; honey, one gallon, dissolved in half gallon water; expressed juice of dried peaches, two quarts; sulphuric acid, one ounce; spirit of nutmegs, half pint; acetic ether, two ounces; oil of wintergreen, four drops, well rubbed up in sugar, and added. This is colored with half a pint of the tincture of cochineal, and the same of burnt sugar. If the sulphuric acid should be objectionable, a quart of common vinegar can be added The object of the acid in liquors, has been fully ex plained under the head of Acids in Liquors.
When it is desired, these liquors can be manufactured at a low figure by the filtering process, and the free use of pellitory, tea, and grains of paradise. These inferior liquors should be well colored, and in neat packages and neatly marked. For directions on barrelling liquors, look under the head of Barrelling Liquors, etc, etc.