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Fish House Punch

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We at Supercall pledge allegiance to this punch. It was created in 1732 at the Schuylkill Fishing Company of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (also known as “The State” in Schuylkill or simply, “The Fish House”) — the country’s oldest gentlemen’s club. The punch packs a wallop with Cognac, peach brandy and a lot of rum. We think it’s absolutely delicious, but you don’t have to take our word for it—legend has it President George Washington was also a fan. He was, purportedly, so much of a fan that he couldn’t bring himself to write in his diary for three days after imbibing the stuff. Let that be a warning: The punch is deceptively easy to drink; pace yourself.

The Essentials

dark rum
peach brandy
The Details


1 750-mL bottle dark rum
12 oz Cognac
2 oz peach brandy
3.5 cups black tea
1.5 cups lemon juice


  • In a large bowl whisk together all ingredients, except for the garnish.
  • Place one very large ice block into an extra large punch bowl and pour the punch over the ice.
  • Garnish with lemon wheels and serve with a ladle.

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Martha Washington's Rum Punch

Nearly 300 years ago, George Washington wasn’t the only one working magic with liquor at his Mount Vernon home and distillery. His wife, Martha, enjoyed drinking the good stuff as much as she loved entertaining at home. This punch created for Mount Vernon by Dale DeGroff, is an approximation of the recipe America’s first FLOTUS may have se...