Fish House Punch
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Fish House Punch
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.54 / 5
There's a little place just out of town, where, if you go to lunch, they'll make you forget your mother-in-law, with a drink called Fish House Punch.

Recipe is ... more
There's a little place just out of town, where, if you go to lunch, they'll make you forget your mother-in-law, with a drink called Fish House Punch.

Recipe is enough for a large pitcher.
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Cognac
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Lemon
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26.04% | 44.01 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Fish House Punch masterfully marries the robust warmth of cognac and the tropical breeze of gold rum, cut through with just the right amount of tart lemon juice to keep it refreshing. The sugar rounds out the edges, creating a dangerously drinkable concoction that balances sweetness with potent spirits, ideal for transforming any gathering into a festive occasion.

Method
How to make a Fish House Punch

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Stir together sugar and 850ml of water in a large bowl or pot until sugar is dissolved
Add lemon juice, rum, cognac, and brandy and chill, covered, at least 3 hours
Put half-gallon ice block in a punch bowl and pour the punch over it
Garnish with lemon slices and serve in a highball glass

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Garnish  ·  Highball  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind Fish House Punch?

Fish House Punch has a storied history originating from the Schuylkill Fishing Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, around the late 18th century. This social club, established in 1732, is known as one of the oldest gentlemen's clubs in the United States. The punch was reputedly concocted for members to enjoy during festive gatherings and has been a part of American cocktail culture ever since. Its endurance over the years speaks to its popularity and significance.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should I serve Fish House Punch at a party?

Fish House Punch is traditionally served in a large punch bowl, making it an ideal cocktail for gatherings and celebrations. To serve, fill a punch bowl with ice to chill it, then mix in the lemon juice, sugar, cognac, and gold rum, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Typically, the punch is ladled into highball glasses filled with ice. Garnishing with slices of lemon or sprigs of mint can add a festive touch. It’s both a visually appealing and delicious way to cater to your guests.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Fish House Punch?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of Fish House Punch by substituting the cognac and gold rum with non-alcoholic alternatives or fruit juices to mimic the punch's flavor profile. For instance, non-alcoholic spirits or a mix of grape juice and sparkling apple cider could replace the cognac and rum. Keep the lemon juice and sugar in the recipe, and consider adding sparkling water to give it a refreshing fizz. This allows everyone to enjoy the essence of the punch without the alcohol content.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

What is the significance of the alcohol content in the Fish House Punch recipe?

The alcohol content of 26.04% in Fish House Punch indicates it is a fairly potent mixture, making it ideal for sipping over an extended period at social gatherings. The combination of cognac and gold rum contributes to its robust flavor and strength. The relatively high alcohol content is balanced with lemon juice and sugar, creating a smooth, palatable drink. It's essential to consume it responsibly, as its delicious taste can mask its strength.

FAQ

How does the choice of glass affect the enjoyment of Fish House Punch?

Serving Fish House Punch in a highball glass not only pays homage to traditional serving methods but also enhances the drinking experience. The tall shape of the highball glass allows for a generous amount of ice, which keeps the punch cold and dilutes it slightly as it melts, creating a refreshing balance. Furthermore, the visual aspect of the layered ingredients in a clear glass adds to the overall enjoyment and presentation of this historic punch.

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