Bacardi Wins Thirteenth Annual Great Rum Punch Challenge | News Release | City of Alexandria


Second Win at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Competition


Bacardi was the big winner April 1 at the Thirteenth Annual Great Rum Punch Challenge at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum with their Five Finger Punch. Other competitors included Bilbo Baggins, who was the runner up; Vola’s Dockside Grill; Live Oak; Mount Defiance Cidery & Distillery; and Brabo.

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, and Tasteful Affairs Catering. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society graciously provided the “Designated Drivers” punch, and many local businesses donated to the silent auction. Funds raised from this event go towards the Museum’s preservation efforts and educational programs.

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

As America emerged as a nation in the late 18th and early 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. Today, the tavern continues the tradition of opening its doors to the community through a variety of special events.

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.


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