One of the oldest punch recipes in existence, the Rum Punch—a.k.a. the Bajan (short for Barbadian) Rum Punch—comes with a quaint mnemonic device to help you remember the simple formula: “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak. A dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice, served well chilled with plenty of ice.” Commit that verse to memory and you’ll always be prepared to mix up one of history’s great cocktails.
Mix it Up
To make a pitcherful of Rum Punch, simply convert all of the measurements into cups. So, 1 oz of simple syrup turns into 1 cup of simple syrup and so on.
Grog, in its original 18th century state, was not the most exciting cocktail. It was, simply, rum and water. Many stories attribute the drink’s creation to Vice Admiral Edward "Old Grogram" Vernon of the British Royal Navy who watered down his sailors’ rum rations in order to keep them on the slightly-more-sober side of drunk. He later allowed...