Raising the Bar - Independence Punch

Updated: Jul 1

Hamilton, Ohio – The familiar comic book art of Captain America socking Adolf Hitler leaps to mind.

Fitton Center resident mixologist Logan Adams dubbed her signature cocktail for the 4th of July Independence Punch. It will be served when the city of Hamilton hosts its patriotic program on the north lawn of the Fitton Center at noon Monday, July 4, following the annual parade at 10 a.m.


As part of Hamilton’s DORA district, bar service will be available on site from noon to 3 p.m. Independence Punch will be available for $6, along with a full slate of beers, wines, mixed drinks and non-alcoholic offerings.


Independence Punch is Adams’ spin on the summertime beach favorite, mermaid water. “A layered red, white and blue cocktail would be really pretty and patriotic, but it’s not practical to make in big quantities for an event like this,” Adams said. “I tried to focus on a good flavor and just one of the colors of the flag.”

Here’s the lowdown: Independence Punch

Pour over ice: 1.5 oz coconut rum 1.5 oz watermelon rum .5 oz blue curacao Splash orange juice Fill with lemon-lime soda Sprinkle of cocktail glitter


In addition to its relationship to mermaid water, Independence Punch has some historical relevance. Colonial Boston was at the center of the molasses trade in the 18th century. Its distillation led to several rum-punch beverages originating on the east coast.


With the trade still booming through World War I, the notorious Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919 claimed 21 lives when a storage tank containing two million gallons of the sticky syrup ruptured and sent waves up to 40 feet high through the streets.


Keep an eye on the Fitton Center Blog for more of Logan’s cocktail creations.




The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.


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