Inspired by Caribbean cocktails mixed up in the 1800s to help field workers beat the heat, Planter’s Punch is the perfect way to cool down on a sweaty summer day. It’s delicious! Just, um, try not to think of the racial implications.
Folklore says the drink is named after folks who were exhausted from planting shit, but the more likely story is that the recipe was made popular at Planters Hotel in Charleston, S.C. Either way, this cocktail is sure to have been enmeshed in a disgusting history of race-based violence and oppression. But we’ll be damned if the thing ain’t delicious.
It’s even inspired terrible poetry, like these lines from an 1878 issue of the British magazine Fun:
A wine-glass with lemon juice fill,
Of sugar the same glass fill twice
Then rub them together until
The mixture looks smooth, soft, and nice.
Of rum then three wine glasses add,
And four of cold water please take. A
Drink then you’ll have that’s not bad—
At least, so they say in Jamaica.
Enough stanzas. On to the booze…
2 oz. dark rum
1 oz. fresh orange juice
1 oz. fresh pineapple juice
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz grenadine
1/4 oz. simple syrup (or orange liqueur, like Grand Marnier or Cointreau; or our DIY simple syrup)
3 to 4 dashes Angostura bitters
Directions: Pour all ingredients except the bitters into a large cocktail shaker along with plenty of ice. Pour into a large glass filled with ice. Top with bitters. Garnish with a cocktail cherry (we like the sour ones) and a wedge of pineapple and/or orange. Drink with gusto and pour yourself another.
photo via The Bar