Friday, April 20, 2012

Sumptuous Sips: Planter's Punch

Sometimes you want something rum-ish: rum-based, tropical, kind of dreamy…Planter's Punch can fit that bill.

Recently I have had the opportunity to sample Alvin's punch--(that would be Alvin of Alvin and friends--whom I wrote about last month!) and wow, that is magical stuff...and honestly, it would be my first choice. However, sometimes I can't get out, and since Alvin's recipe is top top secret, I have to recreate my own! Honestly, everyone has their own interpretation. This is a variation on one I published in Calypso Coolers. Of course you can vary it according to your taste and liking, but this one can satisfy your need-for-the-tropics craving... ¡Salud! Happy weekend! (And ooh--for more sumptuous sips, great fiesta recipes, and a fun night out of cooking, cavorting and more, join me on April 26th at Don Coqui's where you'll be making a lovely array of springtime, Latin-infused tapas!) 

Serves 2
From Calypso Coolers, Arlen Gargagliano © 2006,
Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Photograph by Ellie Miller  
Serves 2 

Ice cubes
4 ounces dark rum (I’m a big Meyers fan…but Mount Gay is nice with this one!)
5 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
2 dashes grenadine
superfine sugar, to taste
club soda
Cherries (for garnish)

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the rum, the juice, and the grenadine. Shake briskly. Pour without straining into two glasses. Top with club soda, garnish with the cherries and serve. 

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