Think of Planter’s Punch as a choose-your-own-tropical-adventure of a cocktail. The original Caribbean recipe called for a mix of rum, lime juice, sugar and some added spice, but over the years, bartenders and island communities have made the bright and boozy drink their own, using native fruit juices and signature blends of rums and spices. We prefer to keep things simple. Our version is inspired by Jeff Berry’s recipe, published in Potions of the Caribbean. A mashup of a 1920s recipe from Fred Meyers of Meyers and Son Rum and a 1957 version from A.R. Woolley of Lemon Hart Rum, it’s refreshing, rum-heavy and exactly what the doctor ordered on a hot summer’s day.
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Recommended Rum: Hamilton 151, Smith & Cross Navy Strenth
When ice first arrived in the Caribbean in the mid-19th century, smart, thirsty locals created something called "switchel," a refreshing mix of molasses, water and crushed ice, which they mixed into the drink using a tool called a swizzle stick. The Rum Swizzle is simply a boozed up version of switchel, which swaps out molasses for dark rum and for...