Fish House Punch

We at Supercall pledge allegiance to this punch. It was created in 1732 at the Schuylkill Fishing Company of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (also known as “The State” in Schuylkill or simply, “The Fish House”) — the country’s oldest gentlemen’s club. The punch packs a wallop with Cognac, peach brandy and a lot of rum. We think it’s absolutely delicious, but you don’t have to take our word for it—legend has it President George Washington was also a fan. He was, purportedly, so much of a fan that he couldn’t bring himself to write in his diary for three days after imbibing the stuff. Let that be a warning: The punch is deceptively easy to drink; pace yourself.



  • 1 750-mL bottle dark rum
  • 12 oz Cognac
  • 2 oz peach brandy
  • 3.5 cups black tea
  • 1.5 cups lemon juice
  • 1 Cup simple syrup
  • lemon
  • ice


Step one

In a large bowl whisk together all ingredients, except for the garnish.

Step two

Place one very large ice block into an extra large punch bowl and pour the punch over the ice.

Step three

Garnish with lemon wheels and serve with a ladle.

Contributed by Supercall

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