National Rum Day is August 16th

This Sunday, August 16th is National Rum Day. I hadn’t been privy to this holiday before but it’s one I will definitely celebrate.

What better way to commemorate America’s rum holiday than with Martha Washington’s own rum punch recipe? Yep, I mean the Martha Washington, the very first First Lady our country ever had. Not only did her husband, George, make his own whiskey, but it seems our dear Martha had a bit of a wild side herself. Here’s her recipe for rum punch, straight from her private journals (at least according to Distilled Spirits Council).

Martha Washingtons Rum PunchMartha Washington’s Rum Punch
3 oz white rum
3 oz dark rum
3 oz orange curacao
4 oz simple syrup
4 oz lemon juice
4 oz fresh orange juice
3 lemons, sliced into wheels
1 orange, sliced into wheels
½ tsp grated nutmeg
3 cinnamon sticks, broken
6 cloves
12 oz boiling water

In a container, mash the orange, lemons, cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg. Add simple syrup, lemon and orange juice. Pour the boiling water over the mixture in a container. Let it cool for a few minutes then add the white rum, dark rum and orange curacao. Strain well into a pitcher or punch bowl and serve over ice in goblets. Decorate with wheels of lemon and orange. Dust with a little nutmeg and cinnamon.

Cheers!

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