Planter’s Punch is an International Bartender Association (IBA) official cocktail, along with a litany of other famous drinks, where they’ve been split into 3 categories: classics, modern classics, and proclaimed ‘New Era’ recipes. The recipe we’ve followed is slightly different to the IBA one for Planter’s Punch as we’ve replaced the dash of angostura bitters with a dash of Cointreau, but the overall gist of the cocktail remains the same. The IBA recipe also makes a long drink to be served in something like a collins glass with ice, but this recipe will easily fit into coupe or martini glasses, if that’s more your style.
I would say that the cocktail has a pleasant savouriness to it, almost a coffee like quality despite the lack of coffee based ingredients on the (somewhat substantial) list. Combined with a warming citrus note from the fusion of the dark rum and the fruit juices, the Planter’s Punch is a very tasty drink; it’s tangy and moreish, an easy sipper with a gentle aroma that makes it an attractive prospect at any time of the year. Although there are lots of fruity notes, they’re not entirely distinguishable from one another; I would say that the pineapple is a background component, but the orange juice does sort of fade away into the overall flavour of the drink rather than stand out on it’s own. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s definitely something to be aware of before getting into it.
I would actually rate this as one of the better cocktails we’ve tried recently. The coffee-not-coffee element is intriguing and unusual, and definitely something I’m interested in having more of.
♦ 2 ounces dark rum
♦ 1 ½ ounces orange juice
♦ 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
♦ ½ ounce lime juice
♦ ½ ounce simple syrup
♦ Dash of grenadine
♦ Dash of Cointreau
Shake all the ingredients together and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.