Planter’s Punch

Every May we seem to have a heat wave here in Sonoma County. And while it seems to be good for my vegetable garden, I’m wilting like a delicate flower over here. Time for some punch!

Planter’s Punch is one of those fabulous tiki drinks where no two recipes are the same. Some have a bunch of fruit juice and syrups; others are more focused on rum, lime, and sugar. I like it in the middle, with a little bit of sweetness but not an avalanche of fruit flavors.

My version uses homemade grenadine (which is very easy to make and has a more complex sweet and tart flavor … but if you don’t want to make it yourself, be sure to buy real pomegranate grenadine and not neon red corn syrup mistakenly called grenadine). Feel free to add orange or pineapple juice if you want something a little lighter and more fruity.

Planter’s Punch

3 ounces dark rum (Jamaican rum will do the trick!)
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce DIY grenadine
3/4 ounce lime juice
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Pour all ingredients into a Collins or tall glass. Add crushed ice and stir, then top off with a little more crushed ice. Garnish creatively! It’s a tiki drink, after all.

Photo by Jackson Stakeman

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