Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column.
This time of year, festive gatherings can sneak up on you in a hurry. I know I have a few fiestas bearing down on me faster than I can comprehend. Unexpected guests are inevitable. It's a great idea to have a quick recipe under your hat for when a bunch of people show up.
One of my favorites for impromptu gatherings is Fish House Punch. It's a funny name, but it's rooted deep in American history. The fish house in question is the Schuylkill (pronounced "SKOO-kull") Fishing Company, near Philadelphia. It's an ages-old fishing club, dating back to before the American Revolution. Legend has it George Washington was one of the early members. Back then, as today, the gentlemen in the club got together not only to fish, but also to drink. The drink of choice was their own Fish House Punch.