Did you know that the recipe for Planters Punch originated in Jamaica? Well, it did. The first known recipe was published in a British magazine in 1878. The typical Planter’s Punch recipe called for just rum, lime juice, sugar, and water, but sliced fruit like oranges and pineapples were often included either as garnish or in the drink itself. Soon those slices of fruit were replaced by various citrus juices, including pineapple, orange, and grapefruit.
Traditional Planters Punch Recipe
1 oz White Rum
1 oz Dark Rum
1 1/2 oz Orange Juice
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Strawberry Flavoured Syrup
Blend and serve with ice.
Top off with a splash of dark rum
Today Planters Punch is usually any combination of fruit juices and rum. Recently, while we were at Jakes Hotel in Treasure Beach we had their delicious Planters Punch made with fresh fruit blended with rum. Using whole fruit instead of fruit juices makes the punch thick and creamy like a delicious smoothie with a kick! Calesia was kind enough to show us how to make their recipe, which is super easy, especially if you have a high-powered blender to turn the fruit, ice and rum into a gorgeous cocktail to savour.
Jake’s All-Fruit Planters Punch
Fresh fruit: watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, papaya, banana
1. Blend 4 cups of ice and 4 cups of fruit in a blender until smooth. Note: Melons have a lot water which helps with the blending. If you are not using melon you may need to add a little fruit juice when blending the ingredients. Always include bananas because they add just the right amount of sweetness.
2. Pour 1 to 2 ounces of Jamaican rum into a tall glass and pour fruit mixture on top.
3. Add a slice or pineapple or watermelon to the edge of the glass as a garnish.
Makes 2 Servings
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