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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?

11 comments to PLANTERS PUNCH – EIGHT VERSIONS OF A FAMOUS RUM DRINK

  • CiCi

    Hi Tiare…love your blog! The Plantar’s Creole is my new favorite punch!

    My husband and I will be opening a new rum bar in New Orleans the first of the year and are in deep thought to come up with a name befitting a place that will specialize in traditional Caribbean cocktails, exotic Tiki libations, as well as some traditional NOLA favorites. And, oh yes, there will be food! All in a location that features an awesome palm and banana tree lined courtyard. Any quick thoughts for a really cool name that captures the spirit? Thanks!

  • Cheers and thanks CiCi! btw is it you i did meet during the Tiki session at Tales?

    A new rum bar in Nola! that`s really exciting! if its there in july next summer count on me as a regular..

    So let me think about a name and i`ll get back to you by e-mail!

    Tiare

  • Sunny&Rummy

    I know the Stockholm winter can be dark and dreary, Tiare, but light a candle and check the sugar amount in the Remsberg Planter again — the version in my copy of Remixed only calls for an ounce of dimple syrup :-)

    This is hands-down my favorite new cocktail from Remixed. Absolutely love it.

  • Sunny&Rummy

    Other than the Remsberg Plasnter, there are about a half-dozen different recipes I like (and you hit several of them in this post). One of my own that I have played with for a couple of years is a Jamaican House Party Punch based on the “one of sour, two of sweet. . . ” folk recipe:

    1 oz fresh lime juice
    2 oz passionfruit juice
    1.5 oz Coruba
    1.5 oz J Wray and Nephew
    4 oz Ting
    1 tsp each: cane syrup, pimento dram, Jamaican strawberry syrup (or sub grenadine)

    Shake all ingredients with crushed ice, pour unstrained into a hurricane with more crushed ice, garnish with a simple orange and lime slice.

  • Oh yeah S&R, you so right! i fixed that now;-)

    Your recipe sounds VERY tasty! as soon as i get me a new JWray i`m gonna try it.

  • You found planters for all kinds of palates!

    Reminds me of when I lived in Paris. Every bar near my work had a completely different version of the planters, and they managed to screw up most of them. I wish I could point them to this post.

    I gotta give Remberg´s and the Creole a try! Both sound amazing.

    I do like a tiny bit of orange juice on mine, I feel It brightens things a bit.

  • Tony, Remsberg`s and the Creole are both very good but you should also try the Mississippi #1 as well, its really good too.

    Funny with the Planter`s in Paris..i don`t remember if i had any when i live there though, but maybe i did?

    A lttle bit of orange juice..could be a good idea! will try.

  • Wow—eight recipes! And the orchid garnish is amazing. Is that basil?

  • Hi Rowen, well..its actually 11 recipes now + 2 that are linked to…that makes 13…i added some lagniappe (some extra) one from the book and two that was sent to me plus the two on Trader Tiki`s site.

    No its mint.

    Enjoy!

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  • Johnny Norfolk

    My Mix for planters is.

    half rum
    half orange juice
    1 dash of lemon juice
    Shake and strain.

    This was given to me in the 1950s

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