Planter’s Punch

It’s Z’s turn again to make the cocktail and, as ever, he set out to use up leftover things. This week he wanted to use up some more of the allspice dram he created for the Lion’s Tail.

The Planter’s Punch is referred to as “West Indian Planter’s Punch, No.1” in The Gentleman’s Companion (The Gentleman’s Companion: Around the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask, 1939 by Charles H. Baker, Jr.) with a slightly different ratio. It is an old Jamaican cocktail with its first known reference being in the New York Times in 1908. Our variation (based on the the Smuggler’s Cove recipe) will be using more of an amber rum than a true dark rum, but should be enjoyable nonetheless. We also planned to lower the liquor content slightly.


  • 3 oz amber rum
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz allspice dram
  • 2 dash angostura bitters
  • mint garnish

Method: shake all the ingredients together with ice and then  strain into a crushed ice-filled glass. Garnish with mint.

The verdict: “We also planned to lower the liquor content slightly.” And almost regret that we didn’t. Because the emphasis in this drink is the punch! It has sweet, it has spice and it has rum… it’s enough to make a rum drink out of the most recalcitrant rum-hater. Tasty and delicious, it was enjoyed by all.


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