Something quick and easy for this week. A traditional West Indian Planters Punch – the so called 1-2-3-4 recipe from The Gentleman’s Companion. One advantage of this is you can mix up a batch at home and then combine with crushed ice at the tailgate and serve.
This is the original receipt from the first discovery of the drink.
- Part Sour (lime juice)
- Parts Sweet (sugar or gomme syrup)
- Parts Strong (Jamaica rum if you have it – we’ll do it with Hawaiian)
- Parts Weak (water and ice combined) – and use shaved or quite fine cracked ice, please…
Doctor this with the usual dash of Angostura (or 1 tsp per Quart), shake hard, and serve with ice left in the glass.
America, when not having time to dally with its drink as a correct West Indian planter is supposed to do, sometimes transposes the quantities of “strong” and “weak” –making the rum four parts and the water three, instead of as given above.