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The Rebirth of Rum: Labor Day Rum Punch

August 31, 2012

Yet another summer has come and nearly gone, marked by the coming of this weekend’s Labor Day holiday, here in the States. As summer fades we like to get together with friends and family to celebrate the passing of the season and our dwindling time to enjoy the daylight here in the Northeast.

If you find yourself hosting your friends this Labor Day, Punch is a great way to serve a flavorful classic style cocktail without toiling over a shaker for the whole day. Punch has a long history of bringing people together to celebrate time passing and this one is a great example of the cross polonation that Punch represents. We can think of no better an occasion than a truly American holiday to celebrate this patchwork of cultures. The Dutch Republic Punch is an original creation of New Yorks’ own 1534, an acclaimed cocktail bar embracing the global exploration of the French national Jaques Cartier with their eclectic list of house cocktials, featuring an aggresive Punch program served from tea kettles in order to turn the service over to the guest and their company. The Dutch Republic Punch is ¬†a celebration of ¬†“the golden age of Dutch exploration between the 16th¬†and 18th¬†centuries when punches invented in Asia were brought to the Caribbean.” says Justin Noel, proprietor of 1534.

Dutch Republic Punch


12 oz Denizen Rum

6 oz Fresh Lime Juice

6 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice

4 oz Indian Tea Syrup

Dash of Orange Bitters

Dash of Angostura Bitters

Topped with Soda

Freshly grated Cinnamon

Freshly dusted Cardamom

Lemon Slices


Mix two spiced Indian tea bags and sugar in hot water, stirring until sugar is dissolved; refrigerate to let cool.  Once the tea mixture is cool, add juices, bitters, and Denizen Rum.  Stir well; refrigerate until ready to use.  About 30 minutes before serving, pour punch over large block of ice in bowl.  Top with soda and a generous grating of cinnamon and cardamom.  Add lemon slices for garnish.



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The Denizen Labor Day Punch Recipe Contest:

Got your own Rum Punch recipe? We want to hear from you. Send us your favorite recipe for the occasion and if we select your punch, we’ll send you one of our uber comfortable Denizen Rum t-shirts.¬† We’ll also feature you and your rum punch recipe¬†on our social media pages.

It’s as simple as that. Break out that¬†old punch family recipe, your own famous party punch, or stick to the formula above to create an original rum punch recipe that will off-set the end of summer Labor Days.

Simply post your recipe in the comments¬†section below before September¬†5 and we’ll get to the lab to select the winning recipe.


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