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Planter’s Punch

This fruity and refreshing cocktail has been quenching thirsts for over a century, with its origins tracing back to Jamaica. While the exact recipe for Planters Punch may differ depending on who you ask, the basic ingredients typically include dark rum, citrus juice, sugar, and spice.

Planter’s Punch

One of the unique aspects of Planters Punch is that it’s often served with a variety of garnishes, such as a mint sprig, pineapple wedge, or orange slice. The drink can be made individually in a shaker or mixed in a pitcher for a larger group. Some variations call for the addition of grenadine or other fruit juices, while others stick to the classic recipe. Regardless of how you prepare it, Planters Punch is a delicious and satisfying rum cocktail that’s perfect for any occasion.

History

This drink has a fascinating history that dates back to the 1800s in Jamaica. It is said that the drink was created by a Jamaican planter’s wife who wanted to make a drink that would quench the thirst of the workers on the plantation.

Homemade Sweet Planters Punch with Lime and Mint

The exact origin of the drink is still unclear, but it is believed that the first recipe for Planters Punch was published in the September 1878 issue of the London magazine Fun. The recipe called for a wine glass of lemon juice, sugar, and Jamaican rum. The ingredients were then rubbed together until the sugar was dissolved, and the mixture was topped up with water and ice.

Planters Punch quickly became popular in Jamaica and the West Indies, and it was soon exported to other parts of the world. In the early 1900s, the drink made its way to the United States, where it gained popularity in New York City.

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One of the most famous stories about Planters Punch involves the Old Plantation Formula, which was a type of rum that was used in the original recipe. The formula was created by Fred L. Myers, who was a rum maker in Jamaica. It was said to be a secret blend of rums that was only known to a few select people. The recipe was eventually lost, and the rum was no longer produced.

In the 1920s, the Planters Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, began serving a version of Planters Punch that became famous throughout the country. The hotel’s version of the drink was made with dark Jamaican rum, grenadine, lime juice, and sugar. It was so popular that it was even mentioned in the New York Times in 1926.

How to Make It

Planter’s Punch

Planter's Punch

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making a perfect Planter's Punch is easier than you might think. Here is a simple recipe that you can follow to make this delicious rum drink at home.

To make a classic Planter's Punch, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingredients

  • Dark rum (preferably Jamaican)
  • Lime juice
  • Grenadine
  • Simple syrup
  • Angostura bitters
  • Club soda
  • Mint sprig (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add 2 oz of dark rum, 1 oz of lime juice, 1 oz of grenadine, 1 oz of simple syrup, and a dash of Angostura bitters to the shaker.
  3. Shake the mixture well for about 15 seconds.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Top off the glass with club soda.
  6. Garnish the drink with a mint sprig.

Variations

One of the best things about Planter’s Punch is that it’s a very versatile cocktail. You can tweak the recipe to your liking and experiment with different ingredients. Here are a few variations to try out:

Jamaican Planter’s Punch

For a Jamaican twist on the classic recipe, add a splash of ginger ale or soda water to the mix. This will give the cocktail a bit of fizz and make it even more refreshing. You can also use Jamaican rum instead of dark rum to give it an authentic island taste.

Charleston Planter’s Punch

The Charleston Planter’s Punch is a fruity and spicy variation that’s perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. To make it, you’ll need dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, lemon juice, and a pinch of ground nutmeg. Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir well. Serve over ice and garnish with a slice of orange.

Tiki Planter’s Punch

For a truly tropical experience, try making a Tiki Planter’s Punch. This version of the cocktail is inspired by the exotic drinks served at Tiki bars in the West Indies and the Caribbean. To make it, you’ll need dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, curaçao, and a dash of grenadine. Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry.

Jungle Bird Planter’s Punch

The Jungle Bird Planter’s Punch is a twist on the classic cocktail that’s gaining popularity among bartenders. To make it, you’ll need dark rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, Campari, and simple syrup. Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a sprig of mint.

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Vodka Planter’s Punch

While the classic Planter’s Punch recipe calls for rum, you can substitute vodka for a different twist on the cocktail. To make a Planter’s Punch with vodka, mix vodka, lime juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine in a shaker with ice. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Is there a difference between Planter’s Punch and rum punch?

Yes, there is a difference between Planter’s Punch and rum punch. While both cocktails are rum-based and typically include citrus juice and sugar, Planter’s Punch is traditionally made with lime or lemon juice, while rum punch often includes a mixture of fruit juices.

Planter’s Punch
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Written by Paul Kushner

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