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Planter’s Punch

dark jamaican rum, lime juice, sugar, water, and nutmeg

The elemental Jamaican punch, adapted to the single serving format in the late 19th Century, and particularly boosted internationally by Fred Myers (Myers’ Rum) in the 1920s. Also, the foundation—elaborated in myriad ways (e.g., the Zombie)—by Donn Beach in the 1930s that launched Don the Beachcomber’s and the mid-century exotic drink phenomenon.

Planter’s Punch is hugely malleable, but here’s a basic template:

Planter’s Punch

Shake with ice:

  • 2 oz brown Jamaican rum
  • 1–2 oz falernum
  • 1 oz lime juice

Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.

Add 2 oz sparkling water.

Top with 2–3 dashes of Angostura bitters.

Garnish with fruit.

Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, p. 547; barware icons courtesy of Haus Alpenz