Mount Vernon Rum Punch was created by Martha Washington, the Nation’s original First Lady. This recipe was often prepared for small gatherings at the Presidential estate. There being no White House in those days, the mansion served as the official residence of the President and frequent gatherings were held there. Washington himself was in the liquor business, being a distiller of whiskeys, so alcoholic drinks was often served at such gatherings.
- 4 ounces of fresh lemon juice
- 4 ounces of fresh orange juice
- 4 ounces simple syrup (1 part water, 1 part sugar. use demerara sugar)
- 3 lemons quartered
- 1 orange quartered
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 3 cinnamon sticks broken
- 6 cloves
- 12 ounces boiling water
- 8 ounces of light rum
- 8 ounces of dark rum
- 4 ounces of orange curaçao
- In a container, mash the lemons, orange, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Add syrup, lemon and orange juice. Pour the boiling water over the mixture. Let it cool. Strain out the solids. Heat the juice mixture to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Let it cool and refrigerate overnight.
- In a punch bowl, combine the juice and spice mixture (approximately 24 ounces), light and dark rums, and the rum liquor. Serve the punch over ice with some orange, lemon or lime wheels. Top with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.