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From The Gentleman's Companion, Volume 2 (1939):

FISH HOUSE PUNCH, Dating from 1732, the State in Schuylkill Classic

This is America's most famous punch receipt; at least it is known by reputation to more people than any other. The mix has come from 1732 right to this date-- practically 200 years, unchanged and unimproved for the simple reason that it could not be improved upon!

Mixology Demonstration

Fish House Punch


Jamaican Rum, 2 qts
Cognac brandy, 1 qt
Loaf sugar, 3/4 lb
Water, 2qts; spring water is indicated
Lemon juice, 1 qt; lime would be even more delicate
Peach brandy, 1 wine glass

Try it with George Washington’s Peach Brandy Eau De Vie™!

Eau de Vie, or “water of life”, is a clear unaged fruit brandy. George Washington’s Distillery Peach Eau de Vie is a robust, fiery brandy, beautifully clear with peach aromas and a hint of cinnamon. This special bottle of Peach Eau de Vie is one of a limited number of bottles distilled at George Washington’s reconstructed distillery at Mount Vernon.

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