Planter's Punch Cocktail

Planter's Punch
The Spruce
Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
147 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 147
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 0g
Calcium 9mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Planter's punch is a classic rum drink that first appeared in print in a 1908 edition of the New York Times. Like many other drinks, its origin is disputed: One claim refers to the Planter's House Hotel in St. Louis, and another tells of its invention in Jamaica. But no matter where it was created, it is known as a cheerful cocktail that is designed to be garnished with a variety of fruits, as many as your glass will hold. Top with berries, cherries, citrus, or tropical fruit—whatever may be in season.

The planter's punch takes the name "punch" in the traditional sense. Rather than the party-sized serving associated with the word today, the definition of a classic punch is that of a fruity mix spiked with liquor and garnished with lots of fruit. This means that every single ingredient in this punch, including the rum, grenadine, and pineapple juice, can be replaced with whatever you like, so feel free to give it your personal spin. Though it is optional, adding a splash of club soda creates a livelier drink.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Planter's punch ingredients

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  2. Pour the rum, grenadine, and pineapple juice, and lime juice into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Shake well.

    Combined planter's punch ingredients in a glass
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  3. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.

    Strain planter's punch into a highball glass
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  4. Top with club soda, if you like, and garnish with seasonal fruits. Serve and enjoy.

    Homemade planter's punch garnished with fruit
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Tips

  • There are no rules when it comes to garnishing the planter's punch. Choose whatever fruits look good at the market and pile them on.
  • While this recipe is for a single serving, the measurements can easily be increased to serve more. Keep the ingredients in proportion, multiplying each for the number of servings needed. Mix it up in a pitcher and store in the refrigerator until it's time to serve. Add club soda and ice to the pitcher at the last minute or to the individual serving glasses.

Recipe Variations

  • Though the dark rum adds a richness to the background, a light rum will work just fine. Spiced and flavored rums can also give the drink a new twist.
  • If you want to skip the rum, you can make a nonalcoholic planter's punch that is quite tasty as well.
  • Instead of grenadine, pour 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice and 1/4 ounce simple syrup. Lime juice works as well, though it changes the flavor. You can also use any other fruit syrup, such as strawberry, raspberry, or a tart sour mix.
  • The fruit juice is where you can really play with this recipe. At some bars, you will find a "bar punch mix" used instead of individual juices. Pineapple juice is a favorite, though orange and passion fruit juices are common as well. This is also the perfect drink to use a bottled fruit juice blend, but make sure it includes at least one tropical fruit.
  • If you like, substitute the club soda with ginger ale or a citrus soda.
  • Consider adding 1/2 to 3/4 ounces of orange curaçao or another orange liqueur, or finish it off with a few dashes of aromatic or orange bitters. You might even add a twist with favorite tiki cocktail ingredients like 1/2 ounce of orgeat syrup (to replace the grenadine) or a splash of pimento dram.

How Strong Is a Planter's Punch?

If you pour an 80-proof rum in this recipe, the alcohol content will be in the 14 percent ABV (28 proof) range. Adding club soda makes it even milder, just around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). Either way, it's a relatively light cocktail.