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How to Make Planter’s Punch: Fruity Rum Punch Recipe

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Last updated: Apr 15, 2020 • 1 min read

The Planter's Punch cocktail is a fruity rum punch with origins in the West Indies. This flavorful punch tastes best when made with dark rum from the Caribbean.

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How to Make Planter’s Punch

The basic ingredients of Planter’s Punch are rum, citrus, and sweetener, but there’s plenty of room for experimentation.

  1. Rum: Classic Planter’s Punch should always be made with Jamaican rum or another dark rum, preferably one from the Caribbean islands of Martinique or Barbados. You can also try layering a darker rum with a lighter one.
  2. Fruit juice: For a fruity punch, layer fresh orange juice, fresh pineapple juice, and fresh lemon juice. For a less fruity punch, try fresh lime juice alone.
  3. Sweetener: Simple syrup is an easy way to sweeten a cocktail. Try making a simple syrup with demerara sugar for a more complex flavor.
  4. Grenadine: A splash of grenadine adds both sweetness and color. Learn how to make grenadine with our recipe here.
  5. Bitters: Bitters are optional but can balance out the sweetness from the fruit juice and simple syrup. Orange-flavored bitters like Angostura complement the flavors of the punch.
  6. Garnish: Mix and match mint sprigs, orange slices, pineapple wedges, and maraschino cherries.

Planter’s Punch Recipe

Makes
1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces rum
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • ⅔ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ⅓ ounce grenadine
  • ⅓ ounce simple syrup
  • 3–4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Optional: 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish
  • Optional: 1 fresh pineapple slice, for garnish
  1. Combine rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, grenadine, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  2. Pour into a highball glass filled with ice.
  3. Top with bitters and garnish with cherry and pineapple, if desired.

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