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Milk Punch, o Wisky?’

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The American consul in Nagasaki in 1912, in Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, an experienced diplomat named Sharpless, was no doubt generous with his hospitality to visiting American citizens. So when Sharpless visits Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton in order to witness his marriage ceremony to a Japanese girl, Pinkerton does not hesitate to offer the consul a choice of something to drink: ‘Milk Punch, o Wisky?’ he sings. So this Opera Kitchen article will explore these two drinks in the context of the Madama Butterfly story.