This heady and heavy-handed punch is made for lazy summer afternoons (or—when heated and mulled—lazy, winter weekends), so we’d recommend refraining from following a punch bowl up with any sort of plans, angling or otherwise.
An early-known print reference to Fish-House Punch is in “The Cook” (1885):
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.
Philadelphia Fish House Punch Recipe:
½ CUP SUGAR
2 LEMONS, PEELED AND JUICE RESERVED
2 CUPS BLACK TEA OR WATER, WARM
2 CUPS JAMAICAN RUM
1 CUP COGNAC
¼ CUP PEACH BRANDY
In a large bowl, add sugar and lemon peels, and rub together to release the citrus oils into the sugar. Allow to infuse for at least 30 minutes. Add warm tea (or water) and stir to dissolve sugar. Add rum, Cognac, lemon juice and peach brandy and stir to mix. Add a block of ice to chill, and add smaller pieces of ice for desired dilution. Garnish with lemon wheels studded with whole cloves. Ladle into individual glasses.
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Music: Philadelphia Belongs To Me by The Cats