Falling right between International Talk Like a Pirate Day and Miniature Golf Day, it’s National Rum Punch Day! Of course this is Bourbon & Banter, not Rum & Repartee (patent pending), so we had to make sure America’s Native Spirit was in the mix.
This 19th-century punch comes to us via Jerry Thomas
, the father of American mixology. (For more info on Thomas and the history of cocktails check out David Wondrich’s Imbibe!
) With four ounces of booze and just a touch of lemon juice and sugar, it lives up to it’s name as a “punch.”
- 2oz cognac
- 1oz Jamaican rum
- 1oz bourbon
- 1/2oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp powdered sugar
Stir the sugar in the lemon juice until dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a tall glass full of shaved or crushed ice. Garnish with an orange wedge and berries in season.
Despite the proportions, this is a surprisingly refreshing drink. Sip it through a straw and enjoy the last couple days of summer. Happy Rum Punch Day!
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