Planter’s Punch (Jamaican Style)
By Ray Wyland of TikiwithRay.com
It’s fun and exciting to put together cocktails when you first get into making Tiki drinks. Tiki cocktails require many ingredients and if your making a Zombie that number can be over ten! Learning about different rums and syrups can be very educational and there’s nothing like searching for and finding that one “special” orgeat syrup that makes all the difference. But let’s be honest, as time passes, getting out all your supplies to make one drink starts to get a little old. Sometimes you just want to make a good Tiki drink and not spend all your time measuring out ingredients with an eyedropper and if you ever made a Zombie correctly, you know what I’m talking about!
The Planter’s Punch is a Tiki classic. It’s been around since Donn Beach was making them back in 1937 and the drink’s origins go back over 200 years to Caribbean. Fun fact! Most of the Tiki drinks we all know and love originated from the Caribbean, not Hawaii! Actually, most of the rum we all drink comes from Caribbean. This is true now and it was back in the 30’s when Donn Beach was coming up with his Tiki recipes.
There are many different variations on the Planter’s Punch and as far as I know there is no one “definitive” version of the cocktail. Some recipes call for orange juice another calls for grapefruit juice. One version asks for two different rums, another needs three! My favorite version of the Planter’s Punch is the easiest to make and it’s from Jamaica. It’s based off the old Jamaican poem: One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.
The whole idea is that the drink should be based around the rum itself and not the other mixers. The syrups, juices, lemon and lime added to a Tiki cocktail are used to enhance the taste of the rum… not overpower it.
Here is how to make a Jamaican Planter’s Punch…
Add the following into a shaker filled with ice:
- 1.5 oz. (45ml) of Coruba Dark Rum
- 1 oz. (30ml) of sugar cane syrup (preferably Clement Sirop De Canne)
- ½ oz. (15ml) fresh lime juice
- 2 oz. (60ml) of club soda
Shake up all ingredients except for the club soda, pour unstrained into your favorite Tiki mug, top it off with club soda, a brisk stir, garnish with a stick of pineapple speared to a cherry. Enjoy!