Nearly 300 years old now, this recipe fell out of favor as ingredients like Wedderburn- and Plummer-style Jamaican rums and peach brandy fell to the wayside. Thanks to classicists like Smith & Cross importer Eric Seed and craft distillers, such as Peach Street in Colorado, the Fish House Punch can be prepared in all its old-school glory.
Fish House Punch
Recipe adapted from Jim Meehan, Tasting Table Drinks Editor
Yield: 16 to 18 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus 1 hour chilling time
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 15 minutes, plus 1 hour chilling time
One 750-ml bottle Smith & Cross rum
25 ounces water
1½ cups simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boiled until the sugar dissolves)
6 ounces peach brandy (such as Peach Street Distillers)
6 ounces fresh lime juice
1½ cups fresh lemon juice
Lime twist, for garnish
1. In a bunch bowl or pitcher, combine all ingredients minus the ice and lime, and chill in the fridge for 1 hour before serving. Place one large block of ice into the bowl to keep the punch cold.
2. Serve the punch in chilled punch cups filled with ice. Garnish with a lime twist and serve.