There are many different recipes for the Planter’s Punch cocktail. Just because the International Bartenders Association has its own recipe, it doesn’t mean it’s the be-all and end-all among Planter’s Punch versions. In fact, it’s just one of many.
The version we’re making today is Trader Vic’s, which is the iconic Tiki restaurant chain founded by Victor Bergeron. Interestingly, Trader Vic’s own manual has four different recipes.
So how does this version taste? It’s a refreshing, citrusy snow cone that tastes a bit like Death in the Gulf Stream cocktail but has enough sugar to remove that sour edge.
Planter’s Punch ingredients
- 3 oz. of Jamaican rum
- 0.5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 oz. of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 0.5 oz. of grenadine
- 0.25 teaspoon of granulated sugar
- Soda water (optional)
- Cocktail mixing glass
- Ice cubes
- A Lewis bag + ice mallet
- A Collins glass
- Cocktail strainer
- Fine mesh strainer
- Place your ice cubes in a Lewis bag (or a clean towel), then crush them with an ice mallet or something similar.
- Fill the Collins glass with crushed ice and set it aside.
- Pour the rum, lime juice, lemon juice, and grenadine, into the mixing glass. Add sugar and some ice as well. Stir or shake thoroughly
- Strain the contents of the mixing glass over the crushed ice in the Collins glass.
- Add soda water. Just enough to top off the glass.
- Put in a straw, then serve and enjoy.
- If you can’t handle that much sour, add another quarter teaspoon of sugar.
- Bottle your freshly squeezed citrus juices beforehand. This makes it easier to pour when you measure fluids as you prepare your drinks.