Planter’s Punch: Another Great Way to Celebrate National Rum Day

As we mentioned yesterday, this Sunday, August 16th is National Rum Day. Planter’s Punch is a classic rum cocktail that has been around for some time. It was first recognized in print in the New York Times in 1908. There are many different versions of this traditional summer drink. If you like rum and orange juice together, this is the drink for you!

Planters Punch Rum CocktailPlanter’s Punch
1 oz orange juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz lime juice (substitute sour mix if necessary)
3 oz dark rum
4 oz club soda
Splash of grenadine
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Slice of orange, for garnish
Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Put all ingredients, except club soda into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Add club soda and a dash of grenadine. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

I recently made a Planter’s Punch cocktail with the recipe above. This was the first time I made a cocktail with aromatic bitters and it added a unique taste element to the cocktail. I’m a big fan of drinks that have any kind of pineapple flavor, too. It’s a strong cocktail I might add! I would definitely drink this at a bar. Check out other recipes featured on the blog for more cocktail ideas.

Next time I make cocktails, chocolate bitters is top on my list.


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