Thursday, June 24, 2021

Bristow Planter's Punch (Original Recipe)


In the Barbados song describing punch proportions it helps to remember that punch is made of "1 of sour, 2 of sweet, 3 of strong and 4 of weak" ingredients. Black tea has always been a large part of the "weak ingredients in Planter's Punch. Now it's a "strong ingredient" with MurLarkey three tea whiskey. This is a rich and strong whiskey steeped in Earl Gray, Darjeeling and English breakfast teas. Now that the tea is strong, the problem then is what are the other ingredient proportions. 

Pineapple juice comes to the rescue. Pineapple juice isn't in the original Planter's Punch, but it is not exactly sour. You can use a lot of it and it won't require balancing with sugar like grapefruit juice will. So I'm breaking the ban on Pineapple Juice for this recipe just this once and I think it works fine. The sweetness of the juice will balance against the bitter tannin of the tea and the tang of lime juice.

I also used a dash of Angostura and MurLarkey cinnamon whiskey just to spice it up a bit. And George Bowman rum was necessary for the fruity rum flavors of a good Jamaican rum. 

  • 1 oz. George Bowman rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. MurLarkey three tea whiskey
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash MurLarkey cinnamon whiskey 
  • 1 oz. club soda
  • lemon, lime and hibiscus flower garnishes

Combine all liquid ingredients except for soda in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain over large ice rocks in a large blown red wine glass (stemless is best). Top with soda and stir before adding garnishes.

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