Planters Punch


This classic rum cocktail has been debuting in bar books for over a century and is believed to have originated in the Planters Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. It actually originated on the islands of Jamaica and can be traced as far back as 1878 in the September issue of the London magazine Fun , where they listed the recipe as follows:

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.


  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1½ oz Dark Rum
  • ½ oz Sugar Syrup
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitter


In a cocktail shaker with ice, add the rum, sugar syrup, lime and bitters and shake vigorously until frosted. Strain into a chilled highball glass and top up with 2oz of sparkling water.


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