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The Great Rum Punch Challenge at Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Just as guests to the tavern did over 200 years ago, enjoy different rum punch creations from local distilleries, restaurants, and caterers. Vote for your favorite as you enjoy gourmet food and a silent auction filled with unique items!

Old English Woodcut - I Drink All

Rum was a staple amongst the drinks that the colonists and early Americans consumed. Available merchant and store accounts of the period show small quantities of rum being sold to almost every customer every few days. Rum was most likely mixed with water, sugar, citrus juices and spices to form a punch. Punch bowls ranged in size from large communal bowls to smaller ones for individual servings.

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,

Past Winners

  • 2015 - Bilbo Baggins Restaurant
  • 2014 - FireFlies
  • 2013 - Cutters of Barbados  
  • 2012 - Bittersweet
  • 2011 - Dogfish Head Craft Distillery
  • 2010 - Bacardi
  • 2009 - Bittersweet
  • 2008 - Dogfish Head Craft Distillery
  • 2007 - Bittersweet
  • 2006 - Splendid Fare Catering
  • 2005 - Dogfish Head Craft Distillery

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Fax: 703.838.4270

Tour Hours:
November to March:
Wednesday - Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, Closed
Last tour at 3:45 p.m.

April to October:
Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday and Monday
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Last tour at 4:45 p.m.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
by appointment