The Planter’s Punch is cocktail number 63 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Planter’s Punch cocktail history
Given the simplicity of the Planter’s Punch recipe – rum, citrus, sugar, and water – the drink has most likely been consumed for centuries. In 1857, a letter to the editor from “an old Jamaica planter” appeared in The Standard in London. Following the letter, a punch recipe was printed:
“Literally punch, composed of lemon juice, sugar, water, and rum, and given as beer is given in our harvest time.”
Planter’s Punch cocktail recipe
Fill glass 2/3 with ice, add 1 jigger Lime juice, 2 jiggers Sugar syrup, 3 jiggers Jamaica Rum, 3 jiggers water. Add fruit desired. Stir.
- Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum
- Fresh-squeezed lime juice
- Simple syrup
Planter’s Punch cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸)
For several decades we spent quite a bit of time on French islands in the Caribbean.
I can still remember ordering a Punch at our hotel’s beach bar in Trois-Ilets, Martinique and the bartender smiled and simply said, “Plus forte.”
Punch was essentially a shot of rum with a squeeze of lime juice.
With a bit more lime juice, a touch of simple syrup and some water, this Planter’s Punch is a tasty cocktail.
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