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Bittersweet Wins Eighth Annual Great Rum Punch Challenge

Third win at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Competition for Bittersweet.

Third win at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Competition for Bittersweet.

— Bittersweet was the big winner with its “Pomander Punch” on March 24 at the Eighth Annual Great Rum Punch Challenge at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, beating out runner-up Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, the defending champ Dogfish Head, and worthy competitors Bacardi, FireFlies, and RedRocks. This is the third win for Bittersweet, which took top honors in 2007 and 2009.

Rum Punch Challenge guests enjoyed the many different styles of punches but also a wide range of food from local establishments including Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, Bittersweet, R&R Catering, RedRocks and FireFlies. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society provided the “Designated Drivers” punch, and many local businesses donated to the silent auction. Guests toured the historic ice well and learned about the importance of ice in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The origins of the Great Rum Punch Challenge came from the Museum’s participation in the American Whiskey Trail, an educational experience into the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America. To learn more, visit www.americanwhiskeytrail.com.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents — including George Washington — and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. For more information, visit www.gadsbystavern.org.