Drink Like a President - A Luvvy Take on Martha Washington's Famous Rum Punch

by 11 July 02, 2014

When I was planning my weeks of recipes, I knew I wanted to bring you something new to make our favorite patriotic holiday even greater. Since I brought you something red, white, and blue last week, I challenged myself to think of something that was fresh and different in terms of the fourth. I thought about this a lot, but then one day, it hit me… why not celebrate our freedom in the same way our forefathers would have celebrated? Such a simple idea, but one that I became fascinated with. I had known that the pilgrims were all mild alcoholics from my studies in American Literature (I’m halfway kidding here), but I had never once stopped to think, what would George, Thomas, and James have been drinking? Granted, this is probably not something that would come up in my school’s study of history, but still, why haven’t we ever considered that? Well turns out, some people have. I took to the wonderful Internet to begin researching just what exactly they would have been toasting with. Luvvs, it didn’t disappoint. That sly fox Martha Washington has earned a top slot on “Melinda’s favorite first ladies list” because of her delicious Rum Punch. When I started reading about this punch, I found out that it was as legendary in Martha’s lifetime as the myth of Sleepy Hollow. That is one famous punch! There are a couple of various recipes on the Internet claiming to be her exact one. I just made an amalgamation of those ideas and added my own twist. I have to say, this is one of my favorite cocktails yet. Not just that I’ve made, literally one of my favorite cocktails everrrrr. It’s super easy to drink and the spices really mellow out what could be a sweet drink. It’s everything you could want and hope for in a cocktail. Be fairly warned though, because it is so delicious, it can also sneak up on you (hence why Martha is such a sly fox). Ah! Please enjoy. Put on my playlist, make yourself a cocktail, dress in your finest reds, whites, and blues, and celebrate our great nation in the grand fashion of our forefathers.

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Hello Luvvy's Take on Martha Washington's Rum Punch  Ingredients 2 cups of water 1 cup of sugar 1 cup of pineapple juice Pineapple slices/chunks The juice of 2 oranges The juice of 3 lemons Cinnamon sticks for garnishing 1 cup of white rum 1 cup of dark rum ½ cup of orange curacao 2 teaspoons of nutmeg 1 teaspoon of cloves 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

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Directions First, you are going to make a citrus simple syrup. For this, you will just make simple syrup like normal. Rather than the 1 – 1 that you normally see (1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar), I did one cup of water and a half-cup of sugar to dilute the simple syrup a bit. You will combine these two in a pan, and stir until the water boils and the sugar is adequately mixed into water. Once this is done, you can take the simple syrup off of the burner. You will need to squeeze the juice of the oranges and lemons into a bowl. After squeezing out as much juice as possible, you can either strain the juice or not. You will then pour your citrus mix into the simple syrup and stir. Voila, you now have citrus simple syrup! If you like the taste of this syrup, be aware that you can use this in other recipes outside of this cocktail for tea or sodas.

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Once the citrus simple syrup is created, you can move onto getting your pineapple juice ready. You can buy pineapple juice from the store, or you can just buy a can and strain the juice. I bought the all natural can that’s 100% juice, and it was pretty delicious.

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Now that your juices are ready, you can prepare your punch bowl or pitcher. Fill with about 2 cups of ice, and then you will pour in your simple syrup mix. Next, you will pour in each cup of rum and the cup of orange curacao. Lastly, it’s time to spice up your punch with the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. After you finish stirring all of this together, you can garnish however you’d like. I put in some actual cloves, some cinnamon sticks, orange slices, lemon slices, and pineapple slices.

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A while back I found this umbrella straws at the Dollar Tree, and they were the perfect addition to my new favorite punch. Enjoy luvvs!

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 mwhlcocktail Happy Drinks My Sweets! melinda-sig



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