Barbados Rum Punch

Barbados Rum Punch Cocktail with a lime segment garnish

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or alternatively into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

The discovery that citrus juice goes well with rum and sugar and has medicinal value goes back at least to the Royal Navy in 1795. Apparently they preferred lemon juice in their recipe until war with Spain depleted the lemon supply and West Indian limes were found to work even better—hence the nickname 'limeys.'

From there we get to Barbados which has a traditional rhyme that gives the recipe for punch: "One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak…". Tastes have changed over the years so we followed the interpretation from Smuggler's Cove.

The drink is just a simple sour using Demarara syrup and a dash of bitters. Use an aged rum, in fact a Barbados rum if possible. We used Plantation Barbados Grande Reserve 5 year and it works very well. (You don't want any Jamaican pot still funkiness poking around in here.) For a little more complexity the Rumbustion Punch adds a touch of cinnamon syrup and a dash of anise liqueur which also works very well.

The traditional recipe would have you serve the drink in a glass filled with ice. We like ours strained and served straight up and given the drink is just a simple sour this works well too.