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Planter's Punch

Glass of planter's punch

(Caribbean rum punch)

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Depending on whom you believe, planter's punch was either created by the wife of a Jamaican plantation owner, or at the Planter Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. Regardless, this fruity punch has become a popular beverage to serve to guests throughout the Caribbean. Recipes vary widely, but they all contain rum, lime juice and a sweetener or other fruit juices.

Makes about 3 quarts

Ingredients

  • Dark rum -- 1 (750-ml) bottle
  • Orange juice -- 1 quart
  • Pineapple juice -- 1 quart
  • Lime juice -- 1 cup
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Mix the rum and juices together and chill well.
  2. Serve in a large punch bowl. Ladle into cups filled with ice cubes.

Planter's Punch Variations

  • An old rhyming recipe for rum punch goes as follows:

    "One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak."

    In other words, 1 part lime juice, 2 parts sugar or sugar syrup, 3 parts rum, 4 parts water, soda water or ice.

  • Optional Additions: 1/4 cup grenadine (for color); a dash of Angostura bitters; orange slices; pineapple chunks; Maraschino cherries; grated nutmeg; cayenne pepper.
  • For bubbly punch, substitute club soda for some of the fruit juice. You may need to add a little sugar or sugar syrup for sweetness.

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