How to Make a Planter’s Punch

The exact origins of the classic Planter’s Punch are unknown.  The first print reference to this cocktail dates back to a poem published in the New York Times in 1908, describing the virtues of this powerful concoction made with Jamaican rum.


-3 oz. dark rum (2 shots)

-2 tbsp. simple syrup (you can make this by heating 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water until the sugar is dissolved)

-Juice of 1 lime (approximately 1 oz)

-Angostura bitters


-Fruit wedges (you can use orange, lime, or pineapple)

1. Before making your Planter’s Punch, make sure you chill your rum in the freezer.  The colder your ingredients, the less ice you’ll melt when you mix them. 

2. Preparing the tumbler. Before I start making a Planter’s Punch, I like to chill the tumbler. You can keep the tumbler in the freezer, but I usually take ice & water and shake it until the tumbler is frigid. Pour out the ice & water and dry with a cloth.

3. Fill your tumbler with ice. 

4. Pour the rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and a dash of the Angostura bitters into the tumbler. I measure precisely—loose pouring leads to a sloppy Planter’s Punch. 

5. Put the top on the tumbler & shake. I usually give between 3-5 shakes, as any more shaking will only serve to “bruise the booze” and water down your Planter’s Punch. 

6. Pour your Planter’s Punch into the cocktail glass and top with a dash of freshly ground nutmeg.  Garnish with the fruit of your choice. 

7. Serve your Planter’s Punch and enjoy!

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