A Touch of Coffee, Goji and Quinoa

It´s always inspiring to try out new great products and here´s 3 great products from Fair Trade Spirits. It`s organic coffee and goji liqueurs and quinoa vodka. Fair Trade is the first brand in the world that is Fair Trade Certified which means they use Fair Trade Certified ingredients and organic farming methods. I like that!

The three products i trying out from Fair are these:

Fair Coffee liqueur – Made from Fair Trade and organic coffee beans grown high up in the volcanic mountains of Mexico and Fair Trade sugarcane from Malawi. I love coffee and i love a good coffee liqueur which i often use as a drink ingredient in tiki drinks.(coffee and pineapple anyone? or coffee and grapefruit….)

When you open the bottle and smell it, on the nose it´s like freshly roasted coffee beans. The flavor is even better, it´s the closest to real freshly roasted coffee beans that i`ve ever tasted and it has depth. The sweetness is just perfect and the sugarcane flavor very natural. This is a seriously good coffee liqueur! and actually i don´t think i want any other after i´ve tried this.

Fair Goji liqueur – I assume you`ve heard of the goji berries? loaded with antioxidants they are sold in various health shops. Goji is the first Goji berry liqueur ever made and is the only one on the market as far as i know.

The goji liqueur has a somewhat mixed flavors of cranberries and plum. It´s an interesting flavor and it can be used in cocktails like grenadine for example. It`s simply a very interesing product.

Fair – Quinoa vodka – is the first vodka in the world using grains of quinoa in its formula.The quinoa used is comng from the Andes where the incas grew it 5000 years ago and the vodka is made in France.

The flavor of the vodka, and yes it takes that it has flavor to get me interested – it´s kinda dry and has some slight hints of grain, fruit and white pepper. The quinoa grains are brewed and distilled in the Cognac region in France.

It actually won Gold Medal at the Chicago Beverage Tasting Institute with 93 points and was voted the best tasting vodka at the New York Spirits Awards in June 2009.

That´s not bad! and when me who is a devoted rum fanatic say that about a vodka, well peeps…

I think Fair Trade makes very pleasing products and it feels better to know they are made with Fair Trade certified products and farming methods in a world where more and more of what we put into our bodies are more or less poisoned and stripped of natural flavors, minerals and vitamins.

As i write this the coffee flavor is still there in my mouth, it has a very long aftertaste…

QUINOA SOUR


2 oz Fair Trade Quinoa Vodka

0.5 oz homemade passionfruit syrup ( or please – use t B.G Reynolds (former Trader Tiki), it´s awesome)

0.5 oz fresh lemon juice

1 egg white

0.5 oz sugarcane syrup

Shake very hard to emulsify the egg white (dry shake first without ice and then with ice or use blender) and pour into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

GOJI PLANTER


1 oz white rum (I used Banks Five islands white rum)

1 oz dark rum (I used Havana Club 7)

0.5 oz Fair Trade Goji liqueur

0.5 oz fresh lemon and lime juices

0.25 oz sugarcane syrup (or more if you like)

1 oz grapefruit juice (white grapefruit)

1 oz fresh orange juice

Shake with ice and strain into a tall glass with crushed ice and garnish with a lime spiral or twist. (Maybe an orange slice too would be nice.)

And finally, the last drinks, i made two with the coffee..the first is a little bit more elaborate – it´s a tiki drink after all.

MOUA-ROA


1.5 oz dark rum (Coruba)

0.5 oz aged rhum agricole (Clemént VSOP)

0.5 os Fair Trade Coffee liqueur

1 oz unsweetened pineapple juice

0.25 oz sugarcane syrup – (if you like it sweeter)

Pineapple and muscovado burn off

Crushed ice

Garnish with pineapple and mint

Start making the pineapple and muscovado burn-off. Cut a few chunks from a pineapple and place in a pan, top with medium dark muscovado sugar (about a tsp) and a little dark rum and heat it up and get going for a little while on the stove until the pineapple is soft.

Then add some dark overproof rum to burn, i don´t like to burn LH151 since it´s so precious but it really does taste best! Flambeè the mix and then leave to cool. Add to shaker and muddle it a bit, add the rest of ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a zombie glass or tiki mug filled with crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple and mint.

DARK DECADENCE


2 oz good quality dark rum such as Appleton Extra

0.5 oz Fair Trade Coffee liqueur

2 dashes Mozart Chocolate bitters

Cocoa rimmed cocktail glass

Stir in mixing glass and strain into a chilled coupe glass that is rimmed with very fine cocoa.

It has been a pleasure working with these products, i can assure you that, they are all very good! And i`m not saying this to please anyone, this is my honest opinion.

Now you may guess my favorite of the three…

MIXING THROUGH GROG LOG 20 – Don´s own Planter´s

Time for a planter´s again! drink number 20 from Grog Log is Don`s own Planter´s. These are what i would call comfort drinks.

The history of the old Planter´s punch has been told many times and it´s not that long ago i did a post on it with eight different variations where Don`s own is one of them. Now i`m back with the planter`s again since it`s one of the drinks i need to try and post from Grog Log since i`ve taken upon myself the task to do that inspired by Erik`s stomping through the Savoy – a real heroic effort since that book is not a small one.

Well, mixing through Grog Log is both great fun and educational!

This Planter`s punch was made by Don the Beachcomber in Honolulu in the 50s. It must have been nice to be around in the great tiki era when it comes to tasty drinks.

DON´S OWN PLANTER`S


1 oz fresh lemon juice

1 oz soda water

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 oz honey-mix (equal parts honey and water, heated up to dissolve and mix, then cooled to room temp. Can be stored in fridge and will stay liquid)

1.5 oz dark Jamaican rum

1 oz Light Puerto Rican rum

Shake with ice cubes and pour everything into a pilsener glass and garnish with mint, cherry and pineapple finger.

I didn´t have any pineapple at home, so i used an orange peel for garnish instead plus a cherry and some fresh mint. Then i topped with a few extra dashes Angostura bitters on the ice.

This drink is what you put in it, you can play with various rums and get different flavors. For example i made one with 1 oz aged cachaca and 0.5 oz Smith & Cross. An aged rhum agricole would make it yet different and add some grassy notes.

But to entirely change things around i decided to make a Planter´s punch with bourbon instead of rum,

PLANTER´S BOURBON PUNCH


0.5 oz lemon juice

0.5 oz sugarcane syrup

1.5 oz Bourbon

0.5 tsp hibiscus grenadine

0.5 tsp falernum

1 dash Angostura bitters

6 oz crushed ice

Blend everything in blender for no more than 5 sec. Pour everything into a tall glass and garnsih with pineapple and cherry.

It was tasty with bourbon too! and very refreshing. Yeah me loves me some Bourbon!

This is a lazy drink..meant to be sipped and savored in a rocking chair on the porch..watching the tropical sun go down.

PLANTERS PUNCH – EIGHT VERSIONS OF A FAMOUS RUM DRINK

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Remsberg`s Planter`s Punch

The Planter´s Punch is an old rum drink and the origin is unknown to me. The most common recipe is 1/3 Rhum, 1/3 Orange Juice, 1/3 Pineapple Juice and a dash of Grenadine.

The only thing i know is that the recipe has been evolving through the decades and name changed from Jamaican Rum Punch (In Modern American Drinks (1895),) to the Planter`s Cocktail #2 (Savoy Cocktail Book 1930) and in Trader Vic`s Bartender’s Guide (1948) there are no less than four variations, switching the lemon to mostly lime, and three of the recipes calls for grenadine.

Here´s eight versions of a famous drink – the  Planter`s Punch.

In Beachbum Berry`s Remixed i found a version of this drink by Stephen Remsberg and found it very interesting in its simplicity.

Its interesting proportions in his version – its not often you see 3 oz of Coruba in a drink  and since its Coruba most likely i will really enjoy it!

It has no orange or pineapple juices or grenadine in it and its much like a daiquiri with dark rum and the addition of angostura bitters.

For those of you dear readers who doesn´t know, Stephen Remsberg owns the world`s largest rum collection. His home in New Orleans contains an impressive amount of rare rums from all over the planet – some all the way back to the 1800`s or even older what do i know?  i just know i tasted some amazing rums there, even some pre – Castro Cubans and others from the 1800s.

Stephen have played with the Planter´s punch for 20 years until he found the one he was satisfied with and this is his version that i found in the Bum´s Remixed:

STEPHEN REMSBERG´S PLANTERS PUNCH

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Juice of half a large lime about 3/4 oz
1 oz sugar syrup ( i used Petit Canne)
3 oz Coruba dark Jamaican rum
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Place all the ingredients in a large tall glass – if you have a 14 oz Zombie glass you`re set – fill with crushed ice and swizzle until frosty. Add more crushed ice to fill if needed. Garnish with a mint sprig.

“I am not offended by an orange slice and a cocktail cherry” adds Stephen – well Stephen, i have no orange slice or cherry but i have a colorful orchid and some fresh mint….i hope it`s ok:-)

So how does this Planter`s Punch taste?

As i did guess, its deliscious and well balanced. I must say i love the simplicity – it´s so simple and yet so wonderfully complete. The rum is the key – in this drink its Coruba that is used – one of my favorite rums to mix with.

The Planter`s Punch served in some bars contains too much mixers and too little rum! – this is more real to me, this is how a rum drink should taste – you should feel the rum in it and it should be well backed up  but not overpowered by the mixers – in this case just fresh lime and sugarcane syrup plus the Angostura bitters.

I think this version is very tasty – and here´s a real rum drink to relax with! – and then i just can`t help wondering how this drink would be with 1  oz of  the vintage Lemon Hart 151 in it…i`m a typically booze blogger..always ready for more reserach..

GROG LOG

From Jeff Berry’s Grog Log there´s two Planter´s Punches  – The Planter`s Punch and Don`s Own Planter`s:

PLANTER`S  PUNCH

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1 1/4 oz orange juice
1 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
3 tsp grenadine (please..if you can use homemade..)
0.5 oz dark Jamaican Rum
1 1/4 oz Light Puerto Rican Rum

Shake everything except dark Jamaican rum – with a scoop of crushed ice and  pour into tall glasses. Then float the dark Jamaican on top of drink. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry speared to pineapple chunk.

The recipe comes from the polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills CA circa 1960s.

DON´S OWN PLANTERS

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As the name implies – from Don the Beachcomber:

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz Soda Water (Club Soda)
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1 oz Honey Mix (1 part Honey and 1 part Water)
1 1/2 oz Dark Jamaican Rum
1 oz Light Puerto Rican Rum

Shake with ice cubes and pour everything into Pilsner glass. Garnish with mint, cherry, and pineapple finger. To make honey-mix simply heat 1/2 cup honey until liquid then add 1/1 cup water and mix it, it stays liquid so it can go in the fridge.

I like this one too and i like honey-mix..honey adds a third dimensional sweetness to a drink, like some very good dark sugars also can do but it also adds an extra smoothness the drink.

MISSISSIPPI PLANTER´S PUNCH

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Here`s the version from the book “Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix`em by Stanley Clisby Arthur.

1 tblsp sugar (or simple syrup)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 jigger rum (1.5 oz)
1/2 jigger (0.75 oz) Bourbon whiskey
1 jigger ( 1.5 oz) cognac brandy

Dissolve the sugar with a little water in a mixing glass. (or use simple syrup)

Add the lemon juice, bourbon and brandy. Fill with fine ice and shake thoroughly, strain into a tall glass. Garnish with fruit and serve with straw.

This one is very typically old style New Orleans cocktail. Boozy with bourbon, cognac and lemon among the ingredients. I find this one VERY tasty!

MISSISSIPPI PLANTER´S PUNCH #2

Here`s a version that has morphed into something totally different. Found in one of the many little flyers and booklets i got from New Orleans during Tales week. The recipe comes from Fant`s restaurant in Coral Springs, Florida. And now the pineapple juice is present. Here is a more juicy and fruity cocktail:

3 oz pineapple juice
2 oz orange juice
2 oz dark rum
1 oz light rum
1 dash grenadine
1 dash angostura bitters
Pineapple slices and cherries for garnish

Shake together and pour over ice in a tall glass

From the same book comes two other versions, first this one:

PLANTER`S PUNCH from “Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix`em”

2 lumps of sugar
Juice of 1 lime
1 dash Peychauds bitters
1 jigger water (1.5 oz)
2 jigger rum

In a tall glass – squeeze the lime over the sugar and add bitters, water and 2 jiggers of rums and fill up with shaved or crushed ice. Swizzle well with a barspoon (or swizzle stick) Sift a little nutmeg on top or a dash of red pepper.

Now while i was at it with all this reserach i decided to make my own Planter`s – i mean its in order right? so instead of Peychauds i used the Creole Bitters and used Petit Canne sugarcane syryp. For rums i used all dark rums.

CREOLE PLANTER`S PUNCH


0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz sugarcane syrup
2  dashes Bitter Truth Creole bitters bitters or Peychaud`s.
1 oz dark Jamaican rum (Coruba)
1 oz strong dark Jamaican rum (Smith & Cross)

Swizzle together in tall glass with ice, add a few extra dashes Creole bitters on top and garnish with fresh mint and  lime.

This is spicy!

JAMAICAN PLANTER´S PUNCH

“one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak”

1 part lime juice
2 parts sugar
3 parts Jamaican rum
4 parts water and ice

So there are many versions of this drink..and in this post eight of them – one very simple and rummy, one with honey-mix and soda water, one more “classic caribbean style” and then two totally different Mississippi Planter`s Punches.

And then we got two other versions from the book “Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix`em” – one just called Planter´s Punch with Peychauds bitters, nutmeg or red pepper and then the my own the Creole version and finally the Jamaican version of the Planter´s which is the closest to Remsberg`s version.

Lagniappe  (extra) :

TANGIPAHOA PLANTER`S PUNCH

1/3 pineapple juice
1/3 orange juice
1/3 lime o lemon juice
1 tsp grenadine
2 jiggers rum (3 oz)

Swizzle together everything with crushed ice, adding juices and rum last.

From “Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix`em”

Another one – From the book  – Two Hundred Selected Drinks, Knut W Sundin, 1934

PLANTER`S PUNCH

This drink is very popular on the Island of Jamaica and principally in Kingston.

The ingredients are:

1 wine glass of Jamaica rum
The juice of a fresh lime
A tablespoonful of sugar syrup
1 dash of Angostura bitters
Shake well and pour into a tumbler, add a cherry.

SAVANNAH PLANTER’S PUNCH

Good Jamaica rum, wine glass; or 2 ponies, to taste
Cognac brandy, 2 jiggers
Lime, juice, 1; or juice 1/2 lemon
Fresh pineapple juice, 1/2 jigger

First chill the glass – whether silver or crystal. Pack the glass tightly with finely shaved ice, pour in the liquids previously mixed, stir briskly for a moment with long spoon or swizzle stick. Garnish with a finger of ripe pineapple, a cherry, or a bit of orange. Serve when glass frosts.

The Gentleman’s Companion: An Exotic Drinking Book – Charles H. Baker Jr. 1939

And here`s proof i don`t always do my research good enough, i found on Trader Tiki`s site my own entry to the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail Tiki Punch Up contest, which is a Tiki variation on the Planter´s Punch. I had totally forgotten that drink existed;-) well here it is – click to get the recipe for the Planteur de Lis!

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Then i found from Trader Tiki`s site again of course – one that made it to the finalists of said competition, the Punch Louisiana. I have to add it too since the recipe  looks so yummy!

These two last cocktails has three things in common – they are both Tiki versions of the Planter`s Punch, they were both in the Punch Up and they are both using Trader Tiki`s Don`s Mix! which is one of all his yummy syrups i can recommend, heck i even use it to sweeten my breakfast porridge!

Want more Planter`s Punch recipes? go to pages 148-151 in Beachbum Berry Remixed for some history and Planter`s Punch, Planter`s Rum Punch, Ronrico Planter`s #3 and Skipper Kent Planter`s Punch.

What`s your favorite Planters Punch?