"One of Sour, Two of Sweet, Three of Strong, Four of Weak". The Planter's Punch is a timeless and refreshing cocktail whose history goes back to the early days of Caribbean rum and which is still very popular today thanks to its easy-to-remember recipe.
The traditional recipe for Planter's Punch follows the simple formula already mentioned: one part citrus fruit ("sour"), two parts sugar or syrup ("sweet"), three parts rum ("strong") and four parts lemonade ("weak"), usually fruit juices or soda.
Its exact origins are disputed - there are several legends about how it came about. Barbados, for example, claims to be the inventor of Planter's Punch. It is said that this drink was first mixed at Planter's Hotel in the early 1900s, where it immediately became a hit among travelers and locals.
The hotel's version reportedly used a combination of Bajan rum, citrus and spices. But other Caribbean islands also have their own interpretations, often using local fruits and spices, giving Planter's Punch a twist all of its own.
Incidentally, the term "Planter's Punch" for this cocktail first appeared in an article in the New York Times in 1908. Some believe that it is a reference to the famous poem "The Song of the Banjo" by Rudyard Kipling, the author of The Jungle Book, which mentions a drink called "Planter's Punch". This poem was published in 1890 and may have been the inspiration for the name of the cocktail.
Traditionally, Planters Punch is served in a tall glass filled with ice. Some variations include grated nutmeg for added flavor. Enjoy your Planters Punch responsibly!
The choice of rum for Planter's Punch can vary depending on personal preference and regional traditions. Both light and dark rum can be used, and the decision often depends on the flavor profile you want:
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