Wednesday, December 14, 2016

15 Days of Holiday Drinks (Day 7)

fish-house-punch2• Each year, I offer readers a lineup of cocktail creations for the holiday season, culled from combing through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc. -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned.

This drink has a name that smacks of colonial America. And with good reason. The origin of the concoction dates to as early as 1732. It is the official drink of what purports to be the oldest club in America, the Schuylkill Fishing Company, founded by Philadelphians with a love of fishing ... and drinking.  


2 parts dark Jamaica rum 
1 part cognac 
½ part peach-flavored brandy 
1 part fresh lemon juice 
1 to 1½ parts (to taste) simple syrup 
2 parts (more or less, to taste) 

Stir with ice and serve in a punch cup. If you make it in bulk, do so in a sizable punch bowl with a large block of ice. You may decorate the punch with thin slices of lemon.

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