Thirteenth Annual Great Rum Punch Challenge at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum | News Release | City of Alexandria

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Thirteenth Annual Great Rum Punch Challenge at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 4.05.38 PM.pngIf you came to visit Gadsby’s Tavern in 1785, most likely you came for good conversation, fresh food, and of course alcoholic beverages. Of all the drinks to choose from, you would prefer the tavern’s special blend of Rum Punch, made of rum, water, citrus juices, sugar and spices. More than 200 years later, you are invited to experience – and taste – this unique beverage at the thirteenth annual Great Rum Punch Challenge on Saturday, April 1, from 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy different rum punch creations from local restaurants and distilleries and vote for your favorite. Rum Punch Challenge participants include reigning champ Bilbo Baggins; returning past blue ribbon winner Bacardi; past participants Mount Defiance Cidery and Distillery, Mason Social; and new challengers Vola’s Dockside Grill/Hi-Tide Lounge and Brabo. Guests will also enjoy food – both period and modern – as well as a silent auction full of great items. Beverages will be provided for “designated drivers” by the museum’s friends group, the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society.

Event tickets, which include admission (food and drink for the evening), are $50 per person, or $100 to include both admission and a special VIP pre-event tasting of Bacardi’s special rums.  Proceeds from the event will fund the Museum’s educational and preservation efforts.  Reservations are required. For more information, please call 703.746.4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org. Reservations can be made by phone or by visiting the online shop at www.shop.alexandriava.gov.

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

As America began as a nation during the late 18th century and emerged in the 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as 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.  Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. For more information, please call 703.746.4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail gadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.3852, Virginia Relay 711.

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