Planter's Punch Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Planter's Punch is a classic rum-based cocktail with origins in the Caribbean. It is said to have been first created in the 17th century by plantation owners and their workers, who would mix together local ingredients to create a refreshing and potent drink. The cocktail gained popularity in the United States during the early 20th century, and has since become a staple in bars around the world.

  • The name 'Planter's Punch' is thought to have originated from the word 'plantation', as the drink was often enjoyed by those working on sugar plantations.
  • The recipe for Planter's Punch has evolved over time, with many variations existing today.
  • This cocktail is often associated with tropical vacations and beachside lounging.

How Planter's Punch Tastes?

Planter's Punch is a fruity, refreshing, and well-balanced cocktail. It has a sweet and tangy taste, with a hint of sourness from the citrus. The rum adds a warming, slightly spicy kick, while the grenadine provides a touch of sweetness.

Interesting facts about Planter's Punch

  • Planter's Punch is often considered the 'unofficial' national drink of Jamaica.
  • The cocktail is mentioned in a 1908 edition of the New York Times, which describes it as 'a West Indian drink'.
  • The International Bartenders Association (IBA) recognizes Planter's Punch as an official cocktail.


Dark Rum

Dark rum is the soul of the Planter's Punch, giving it a rich and warm foundation with hints of molasses and spice. Using 2 oz strikes the perfect balance between potency and flavor without overpowering the juices. Without it, you'd lose the cocktail's essential character, but if you overdo it, you might just set sail on a voyage you didn't plan!

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Orange Juice

Freshly squeezed orange juice offers a sweet citrus burst that complements the dark rum beautifully. It brightens the drink, making it more refreshing. If you skimp on it, you might miss out on the tropical sunrise in your glass, but too much could turn your punch into a kiddie juice box.

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Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice is the tropical heartbeat of the drink, its sweet tang dancing with the rum and other citrus flavors. It's a match made in beach heaven! Not enough and the dance floor's empty; too much and it's like a pineapple takeover.

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Lime Juice

The lime juice is the zesty zing that cuts through the sweetness, keeps everything balanced, and gives that 'pucker-up' freshness. Forget the lime, and your punch will be as flat as a day-old soda. But a heavy hand and you'll be making lemonade, not Planter's Punch!

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This pomegranate syrup adds a touch of color and a whisper of sweet, tart flavor. It's the painting's last brushstroke that makes everything pop. If you leave it out, you'll lose that sunset glow, but overdo it, and it's candy crush saga jump off the glass.

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Angostura Bitters

A couple of dashes add a complex layer of herbs and spices; think of it as the spice cabinet of your cocktail. Without it, the drink is kind-hearted but a tad naive. And more than a dash or two might have you thinking you've wandered into a herbalist's shop.

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Orange Slice and Maraschino Cherry

These garnishes are the flourish that take your cocktail from yum to 'gram worthy! No garnish means no encore at the end of this tropical symphony, but don't over-garnish, or your drink will look like a fruit stand!

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Recipe. How to make Planter's Punch Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine, and Angostura bitters to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh juices whenever possible for the best flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail thoroughly to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail into it to keep the drink cooler for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus notes in the Planter's Punch can complement the natural sweetness of grilled fish or shrimp.
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken: The spicy and bold flavors of jerk seasoning pair nicely with the sweet and fruity profile of the punch.
  • Tropical Fruit Salad: A light salad with mango, papaya, and pineapple will enhance the tropical vibe of the cocktail.
  • Barbecue Ribs: The sweetness of the grenadine and fruit juices can counterbalance the smokiness of barbecue.

Drink Pairings

  • Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic pairing, coconut water's subtle sweetness and freshness make a great match.
  • Iced Tea: A glass of lightly sweetened iced tea can provide a pleasant contrast to the punch without overpowering it.

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What you could change in Planter's Punch

  • Dark Rum: Can be substituted with light rum for a milder flavor.
  • Orange Juice: Can be substituted with grapefruit juice for a more tart flavor.
  • Grenadine: Can be substituted with simple syrup or a cherry syrup if preferred.

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Twist 1: Spicy Planter's Punch

Give your punch a fiery kick by adding a small slice of jalapeño or a dash of cayenne pepper to the shaker. The heat will contrast with the sweet and fruity flavors, turning this beachy beverage into a tropical thunderstorm that tantalizes the taste buds and warms the soul!

Twist 2: Planter's Punch Slushie

Swap the shaking for blending with ice for a frozen treat. Blend until smooth and serve it in a chilled glass. It's like your favorite punch decided to chill out and become a frosty, sippable island glacier—perfect for those sweltering summer days when liquid just isn't cold enough.

Twist 3: Hibiscus Planter's Punch

Infuse your Planter's Punch with a splash of hibiscus syrup or steep a hibiscus tea bag in the rum beforehand. The floral notes will introduce a new layer, giving your cocktail a sunset hue and a botanical touch that makes happy hour feel like a garden party in full bloom.

In case you forgot basics how to make Planter's Punch

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Planter's Punch

Can Planter's Punch be served as a pitcher cocktail for parties?

Absolutely! Planter's Punch scales up beautifully and is a great cocktail for serving groups. Just remember to multiply the ingredient quantities by the number of people you plan to serve.

What other garnishes work well with Planter's Punch?

Apart from the traditional orange slice and maraschino cherry, you could also add a sprig of mint or a stick of pineapple for an extra tropical touch.

Is there any specific brand of rum best suited for Planter's Punch?

While there's no specific brand, a full-bodied, robust dark rum tends to work best in Planter's Punch. Jamaican rums like Appleton Estate are often recommended, but ultimately it's up to personal preference.

How can I make a non-alcoholic version of Planter's Punch?

To make a 'virgin' Planter's Punch, simply omit the rum and increase the quantity of fruit juices. You can add a touch more grenadine or a dash of ginger ale to compensate for the loss of sweetness from the rum.

What's the significance of the rhyme, 'One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak' in relation to Planter's Punch?

This old Caribbean rhyme is actually a guide to the proportions of the key ingredients in planter’s punch: one part sour (lime), two parts sweet (sugar), three parts strong (rum), and four parts weak (water or fruit juice).

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