Don’s Own Planter’s
Dark Jamaican Rum - 1 1/2 oz
Light Puerto Rican Rum - 1 oz
Lemon Juice - 1 oz
Honey Mix - 1 oz
Soda Water - 1 oz
Angostura Bitters - 2 dashes
Shake everything with ice cubes and pour unstrained into a pilsner glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, a cherry, and mint sprigs.
From Beachbum Berry’s “Grog Log”.
In the same way that all mixed drinks evolved from the Punch, all Tiki drinks evolved from Planter’s Punch. Without this centuries-old cocktail, there would be no Mai Tai or Zombie.
The forefather of Tiki cuisine - Don the Beachcomber, built his career on Planter’s Punch, a drink that started off as nothing more than sugar, lemon juice, Jamaican rum, and water put together. He took the simple Planter’s Punch formula: “one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.” and enhanced it. Instead of just lemon juice, he added lime and grapefruit; using different sweeteners like falernum and honey to complicate the flavour; instead just one rum, he put in two or three different styles of rums; and lastly he didn’t rely solely on water from the ice, but also incorporate soda, as well as quick blending with small amount of crushed ice for a more controlled dilution.
Of course Donn had created numerous versions of Planter’s Punch, and this is a relatively simple but delicious one: using only lemon juice for citrus, honey mix as sweetener, a combination of dark and light rums, and soda and ice for dilution.
For the darker, use Myers’s, and for the light use Bacardi Superior; the dry Bacardi will thin out the heavy molasses from Myers’s. The honey mix can be made by combining equal amount of honey and water.