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Martha Washington's Rum Punch



Eggnog and Rum Punches were one of the most popular drink types in Colonial America, enjoyed at just about any party given. This Rum Punch was served by Martha Washington to her husband and first president, George Washington. Rum Punch was one of Benjamin Franklin's favorite drinks, and he shared it with the pair often.

4 oz. Simple Syrup
4 oz. Lemon Juice
4 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
3 oz. White Rum
3 oz. Dark Rum
3 oz. Orange Curacao
3 Lemons quartered
1 Orange quartered
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 the syrup, lemon, and orange juices. Pour the boiling water over the mixture in the container. Let cool for a few minutes. When cool, add the White rum, Dark rum, and Orange Curacao.

Strain well into a pitcher or punch bowl. Serve over ice in goblets and decorate each glass with wheels of lemon and orange.



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