Planter's Punch is a classic rum drink that first appeared in print in a 1908 edition of the New York Times. Like many other drinks, this has a disputed origin: one claim refers to the Planter's Hotel in St. Louis and another tells of a Jamaican planter's wife who concocted it to cool down the workers.
This recipe is just one version, others include combinations of curacao, bitters, or other juices such as pineapple and orange and at some bars a bar punch mix is used to fill. Helena Tiare Olsen has a collection of eight recipes that vary greatly on her blog, A Mountain of Crushed Ice. The key to this punch is to make it your own, just like everyone else has.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- 1 1/2 ounces dark rum
- 1/4 ounce grenadine - or 1/2 ounce lime juice and 1/4 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces pineapple, orange, or passionfruit juice (or a mix of fruit juices)
- Club soda (optional)
- Seasonal fruit for garnish
- Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
- Top with club soda if you want.
- Garnish with seasonal fruits.
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