Rum

Though most school history books emphasize tea as part of the American rebellion against the English, rum played an awfully big role in their outrage. Colonists lavishly enjoyed the spirits exported from the West Indies, and, starting in the mid-1600s, distilled their own with sugar and molasses from that region—but the Molasses Act of 1733 threatened to upend that in the form of higher taxes on those supplies, but not those imported from Britain. The message was in essence: Buy British or go sober/poorer. But in true American spirit, the colonists mostly ignored the order. Rum production in the United States is now in the middle of a tremendous renaissance, with producers ranging from Rhode Island to Wisconsin.

Make Jim Meehan's Fish House Punch.

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