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Planter’s punch: recipe, ingredients and history of the cocktail that comes from the Caribbean

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Ingredients

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4,5 cl of dark rum
3 cl of orange juice
3,5 cl of pineapple juice
1 cl of grenadine
1 cl of sugar syrup
4 drops of Angostura bitters

Nutritional information

180
calories

Planter’s punch: recipe, ingredients and history of the cocktail that comes from the Caribbean

  • 5 minutes
  • Serves 1
  • Easy

Ingredients

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With the arrival of the heat, recreational long drinks are back in vogue. You know those colorful cocktails full of fruit and decoration served in bathtubs that the classic tourist with straw hat trinkets by the pool?

The Planter’s Punch is the prince of these “Caribbean drinks”, but its preparation is not simple, indeed it requires a good precision in dosing the many ingredients of which it is composed.

The history of Planter’s Punch is not very clear and there are few reliable sources, it was born as a plantation drink: dark rum, lemon juice and sugar, if not honey. A way to sweeten even less valuable rums and make the drink fresher and suitable for an equatorial climate.

But over time it has evolved to become the most famous rum punch around. A small note: punch means drink made of alcohol (or not) that contains fruit or fruit juice, it does not necessarily serve spices.

Ingredients and doses to make the Planter’s Punch cocktail

  • 4.5 cl of dark rum
  • 3 cl of fresh orange juice
  • 3.5 cl of pineapple juice
  • 1 cl of grenadine
  • 1 cl of sugar syrup
  • 4 drops of Angostura

How to prepare the Planter’s Punch cocktail

Squeeze orange and strain the juice. Put all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake for at least 12 seconds. Strain into a highball glass and decorate with a pineapple wedge or fruit of your choice.

Suggestions

Like all punches, Planter’s finds great benefit when prepared in large quantities, so that all the ingredients can be blended with more balance.

If you like rum, here are other cocktails that could titillate your curiosity: Dark and Stormy, Basito, Pina Colada, Don Rodrigo, Cuba Libre, Daiquiri, Bacardi cocktail, Caipirissima and of course the legendary Cuban Mojito.

Planter’s Punch food pairings

Grilled fish or Puerco Asado, puff pastry rolls and wurstel, Japanese-style fried chicken, skewers with Moroccan sauce.

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