Here we have one of those genuine steady tropical tiki punches, made to relax with in a rattan chair while the sun sets and the cikadas start their nightly concert.
Made by Donn Beach and most likely as is stated already in the Log, a drink made for his steak and coffee house “The Colonel´s Plantation Beef Steak and Coffee House” in Waikiki Hawaii cirka 1950s. Sounds to me that those were the days..can someone please invent a real time-machine?
Thank God these recipes are still here (many due to some peoples hard work) so we can enjoy these drinks in our time.
All the ingredients in this drink are classic tiki cocktail ingredients including the pernod, one of the secrets at the time. This is a very rewarding drink to sip on. i think the ginger beer adds a very nice freshness while the three rums adds depth and complexity.
What you can do, if you wanna add some real funk to this drink is to make your own ginger beer, i bet it would make a fantastic flavor to this. I don´t have the time now to do that but i think i wanna try. That will have to be another blog post.
COLONEL BEACH´S PLANTATION PUNCH
1 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
0.5 oz falernum
2 oz ginger beer
2 dashes angostura bitters
1/8 tsp pernod
2 oz dark Jamaican rum
1 oz gold Puerto Rican rum
0.5 oz Barbados rum
Shake with one cup crushed ice- Pour into tall glass with 3-4 ice cubes. Garnish with pineapple chunk and sprig of mint.
Well, i used a tiki mug instead..one that i find suitable for a plantation punch and which i found on the shelves in one of New Orleans liqueur stores.
The taste of the drink is both fresh, rummy and relaxed, just the way this kinda drink should be. I have nothing to complain on here.
And as usual, here´s a little twist of this drink and we move from the rattan chair to the beach, here`s a Beach Punch:
COLONEL BEACH PUNCH
0.75 oz fresh lime
1.5 oz pineapple juice
1.5 oz root beer
2-3 dash Creole bitters or Peychaud`s
0.5 oz demerara simple syrup
1 oz dark Jamaican rum (Smith & Cross)
1 oz aged rhum agricole
0.5 oz LH 151
Shake with crushed ice and pour everything into a glass or tiki mug.
A typical tiki punch with extra flavors from the root beer. Nothing that sticks out but its relaxing and tasty. If you take the mint garnish and down it in the drink and stir a bit you`ll start to think about a julep sans bourbon.
A peek in the glass..are you thirsty now?