Planters Punch

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The Planters Punch is a generic Rum punch based around the following: 1 sour, 2 sweet, 3 strong, 4 weak.



"Beachbum Berry Remixed" by Jeff Berry, 2009

Don's Own Planters, from Don the Beachcomber, circa 1940s

  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Soda Water (Club Soda)
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 oz Honey Mix (1 part Honey and 1 part Water)
  • 1 1/2 oz Dark Jamaican Rum
  • 1 oz Light Puerto Rican Rum

Shake with ice cubes and pour everything into Pilsner glass. Garnish with mint, cherry, and pineapple finger.

Myers's Rum recipe

  • 3 parts Myers's rum
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 2 tea-spoons sugar syrup per glass
  • 1 dash bitters per glass

Shake and strain, garnish with orange and mint sprig.

"1800 And All That" by R. de Fleury, 1937

No. 1843

Planter's Punch--no.1

Recipe by "Slippery", Myrtle Bank Hotel, Kingston.

This drink is very popular on the Island of Jamaica, and principally at Kingston. It is made of:

  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar Syrup
  • The Juice of a fresh Lime
  • 1 Wineglass Bacardi Rum

Shake well; strain into a tumbler, and grate Nutmeg and a pinch of Red Pepper on top. No Soda whatever.

"Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide," Vic Bergeron, 1947

  • 3 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • barspoon of bar sugar
  • juice of a small lime
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Stir with crushed ice and strain into a collins glass 2/3 full of same

Historical References

Interestingly, the earliest known recipes for the Planter's Punch were printed in rhyme:

FUN MAGAZINE (London), September 1878

"Planter's Punch! A West Indian Recipe"

  • 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.


  • One of sour
  • One of sweet
  • Two of strong
  • And one of weak

NEW YORK TIMES, 8 August 1908


  • This recipe I give to thee,
  • Dear brother in the heat.
  • Take two of sour (lime let it be)
  • To one and a half of sweet,
  • Of Old Jamaica pour three strong,
  • And add four parts of weak.
  • Then mix and drink. I do no wrong--
  • I know whereof I speak.

NOTE: One could surmise from this poem the following recipe:

  • 2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1½ oz Sugar Syrup
  • 3 oz Dark Jamaican Rum
  • 4 oz Crushed Ice

Shake ingredients and pour into a cocktail glass.

The Gleaner, 4th April 1914

"He could mix the best Planters' punch in Jamaica."

"The Gleaner", 1921

"A planters' punch is made of pure Jamaica rum, a little cane syrup, cracked ice along with a slice of native pineopple and orange to make it more attractive."

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