In French-speaking regions of the Caribbean, ‘Ti Punch is a popular drink made with rhum agricole (usually white), lime and cane syrup. Christopher Buckley of Brooklyn’s Branch OFC took that remarkably simple but ultra-delicious drink, and turned it into a warming Hot Toddy. While ‘Ti Punch is only ever made with rhum agricole, Buckley chose to make this cocktail with Due North, a Brooklyn-produced unfiltered rum. “It looks like an alcoholic snow globe,” Buckley says. While many Toddies are garnished with citrus zest or spices, Buckley chooses to leave his unadorned, letting the heat of the drink lift the cocktail’s aromatics up into the face of the drinker.
1.5 oz Van Brunt Stillhouse Due North Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
hot water, to top
- Add the rum, simple syrup and lime juice to a glass mug.
- Top with hot water and stir.
1 Cup White sugar
1 Cup Water
- Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves, then immediately take the saucepan off the heat.
- Let cool, then pour into a container (a Mason jar works nicely) and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.