Welcome back to Thirsty Thursday! This week’s cocktail is inspired by the Philadelphia Eagles, who will come to Lambeau this weekend to take on the Green Bay Packers.
For this drink, I decided to go with one of my favorite 4th of July cocktails….Fish House Punch! This one’s a lot of fun because it includes some fun American history behind it that dates back to the times of America’s Founding Fathers.
The cocktail gets it’s unusual name after first being concocted in 1732 at a Fishing house in Philadelphia named The Colony in Schuylkill. It was a popular drink within the colonies and the original cocktail recipe has pretty much gone untouched since that time period.
This cocktail contains equal amounts of cognac, rum, and peach brandy, so it’s strong. A famous personal fan of the drink includes our first president, George Washington. In 1787 Washington, who is known for making daily entries in his diary, wrote that he was traveling to the Fish House and was so hungover afterwards that he didn’t make another entry for three days. Like I said….strong. (Also how miserable would a hangover be with wooden teeth–yikes!)
Which leads me to the Eagles. Eagles fans, this drink is the perfect punch for Eagles game days, because it’s guaranteed to help you forget watching the Eagles offense take the field. They’re abysmal. Carson Wentz is on pace to win the “Triple Frown”. He leads the NFL in interceptions (15), sacks (46!!) and is 2nd in fumbles (10).
The Packers pass rush should eat this Sunday, especially based on their performance against the Bears. Meanwhile, Eagles fans should drink….a hearty helping of Fish House Punch! That being said, let’s get to the good stuff…making drinks!
For the record, I live alone so I am sharing the recipe for a single cocktail. For the full punch recipe, click here.
- Cocktail shaker
- Strainer (if your shaker doesn’t have one)
- ¾ ounce of dark rum
- ¾ ounce of cognac
- ¾ ounce of peach brandy
- ½ ounce of simple syrup
- ¾ ounce of fresh lemon juice
- 1 lemon slice
- 1 cherry
- Mix all ingredients except lemon slice and cherry into a shaker with ice.
- Shake until chilled.
- Strain into a rocks glass with ice.
- Garnish with lemon slice and cherry.
(If this is too strong, add some brewed black tea to cut the alcohol).
There you have it! One of George Washington’s favorite cocktails!