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 served during one of the dinner parties at her and her husband’s Virginia estate. It’s a beautiful amalgam of two types of rum, baking spices and citrus—it’s not hard to imagine the lively conversations this rummy punch inspired.
Martha Washington's Rum Punch
- In a large bowl, mash the the orange, lemons, cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg, then add the simple syrup, lemon and orange juices.
- Pour the boiling water over the mixture in the bowl and allow to cool.
- Once cool, add the white rum, dark rum and orange curaçao.
- Strain the mixture through cheesecloth into a pitcher or punch bowl.
- Serve over ice in punch glasses and decorate with lemon and orange wheels.
- Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves, then immediately take the saucepan off the heat.
- Let cool, then pour into a container (a Mason jar works nicely) and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
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