The best time of year is upon us: America’s Independence Day. As we fought off British tyranny, we also managed to create some exclusive and impressive drinks in the process. Rum, whiskey and punch were all the rage when our Founding Father’s were getting ready to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776. While we celebrate these brave Americans, let’s see what it was like to drink like them too.
In the 1600s, when beer would spoil on long voyages, punch became the go-to drink for sailors. In India and Indonesia rum was readily available hence, Rum-Brandy Punch.
4 lemons’ peels
1 c fine-grained raw sugar
8 oz lemon juice
24 oz VSOP cognac or armagnac
8 oz dark, strong Jamaican rum
40 oz cold water
St. Cecilia Society Punch
St Cecilia Society Punch was named after a music organization founded in 1766 in Charleston, South Carolina and is a citrusy sparkling punch that was exclusively for this society. Add a mint on top for the perfect garnish.
2 medium lemons, thinly sliced
3/4 cup brandy
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tea bags green tea
3/4 cup dark rum, such as Gosling’s
1/2 small pineapple, peeled, cored, sliced 1/2 inch thick, and cut into small wedges
1 750-ml bottle dry sparkling wine, such as Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut, chilled
6 cups sparkling water, chilled
The Stone Fence, aka Stone Wall
The Stone Fence became popular in 1775 at Remington’s Tavern in Castletown, Vermont before a raid took it over at Fort Ticonderoga.
2 ounces dark rum, applejack, or rye whiskey