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Third Win at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Competition for Local Business

Rum Punch Winners, 2012Bittersweet was the big winner with their “Pomander Punch” March 24 at the Eight 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 graciously 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, please visit

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 or call 703.746.4242.

Office of Historic Alexandria 

Administration Offices

Lloyd House
220 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6451

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.