Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Venerable Rum Punch

     What is so good about most of the rum punch?   No matter where you travel in the Caribbean you are going to find a rum punch.  They are all a bit different, loaded with fruit juices and rums of all styles and nature.  As I have traveled around the Caribbean I find many versions of this venerable cocktail

      The Rum Punch was first brought to England by the British East Indies Company in the early 17 th century and would later spread from England throughout Europe in the following years.    These cocktails would usually be served in wide bowls with a ladle that would be later known as “punch bowls”.  Typically red in color, but often found to be a burnt orange color as well.

     Sporting names like “Planter’s Punch”, “Jamaica Rum Punch”, or just “Rum Punch”, all are very different in their ingredients and flavor.  Most of these are either extremely strong or very benine, but either way, very flavorful.
Planter's Punch
  • 1 1/2 oz. Dark Rum
  • 1/4 oz. Grenadine
  • 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1/4 oz. Simple Sugar Syrup
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz. Orange or Passion Fruit Juice
Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until chilled.  Garnish with orange wheel and cherry.
Jamaican Rum Punch
  • 20z. Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum
  • 1 oz. Myer's Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Coconut Rum
  • 4oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 4 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1/4 oz. Grenadine
Mix all ingredients and put into a "Punch Bowl" filled with ice and orange wheels.
Bahama Bob's All Purpose Rum Punch
·         1 oz. Dark Rum
·         1 oz. Coconut Rum
·         1 oz. Crème de Banana
·         ½ oz. Crème de Cocoa
·         1 oz. Mango Liqueur
·         1 oz. Pineapple Juice
·         1 oz. Grapefruit Juice
Place all ingredients in a pint glass filled with ice and shake.     Garnish with a lime wheel and a cherry.