Thanks to New Orleans, a city know for the debauchery that is Mardi Gras and its amazing cocktail scene, we have yet another rendition of the classic planters punch. This time, we throw rum aside for some good ol’ american bourbon and a bit of french brandy. Although it differs considerably from the original punch recipe, this Mississippi Planter’s Punch is a wonderful chance to explore a tiki cocktail with an old school New Orleans twist.
As we know from last Monday, the port antonio is a sophisticated and beautifully rum forward tiki cocktail. So why on earth is there another post about it? Well in the confusing world of cocktail naming, just because it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, doesn’t mean it isn’t a walrus. Coming out of left field, this port antonio only shares two common ingredients with the tiki cocktail of the same name. More akin to a cosmopolitan, this sweet and fruity cocktail is sure to please anyone who loves grenadine and its brilliant layered appearance makes it perfectly suited to a bachelorette party. Despite its classically “girly” appearance, the addition of lime brings some welcome acidity and zing to this refreshing sipper.
Hailing from the Caribbean island of Jamaica, the port antonio is perfectly balanced tiki cocktail that makes excellent use of the spicy liqueur falernum. Falernum has been featured in a number of the other tiki cocktails on broke and thirsty and is one of my favorite tiki ingredients. Furthermore, falernum is perfect for making tiki cocktails feel winter appropriate with warm notes of clove and allspice. This port antonio balances the falernum with the acidity of lime and sweet coffee liqueur. This rum forward tiki cocktail is not to be confused with another rum based cocktail also called the port antonio which features a generous portion of grenadine. Far less fruity and with expertly balanced sweetness, this port antonio is sure to be enjoyed no matter what the season.
Tiki cocktails often inspire innovation and variations. It is one of the aspects of tikidom that make it so rewarding to explore. In addition to delicious cocktails of course. Well occasionally innovation gets a bit carried away, and we find variations on a variation with variation. The Mississippi Planter’s Punch #2 is just such a cocktail. Hailing from Fant’s Restaurant in Coral Springs, Florida, this tiki spectacle improves on both the classic Planter’s Punch and the Mississippi Planter’s Punch to create a ridiculously fruity concoction. While certainly over-the-top fruit is the biggest flavor in this juicy cocktail, lovers of spirits will enjoy the balance achieved with a wonderful mix of rums and bitters.
Yet another riff on the classic planter’s punch, here we see a wonderfully minimalist cocktail from New Orleans that brings the punch back to its simple roots. The highlight of this edition is in fact the addition of Peychaud’s bitters. These bitters were created in the late 18th century by an apothecary named Antoine Amedie Peychaud who worked in New Orleans. Today, Peychaud’s bitters are made by the great Buffalo Trace Distillery. Peychaud’s Bitters may have a secret recipe but the biggest difference is its light character. Considerably less bitter than most of its counterparts, Peychaud’s has an aroma of tutti-frutti, licorice, and flowers. Although best known in the sazerac cocktail, Peychauds is a versatile bitters used throughout the New Orleans cocktail scene. For this planter’s variation, the bitters become the star and elevate this simple take on the classic punch to new heights in tikidom.
We have seen a classic planter’s punch cocktail before, so why cover a second version? Well planter’s punch is one of those tiki cocktails that has spawned such an array of variations that many of them need to be appreciated in their own right. Think of planters as a sort of martini of the tiki world, the type of cocktail that can harkon back to the original – at least in name – while exploring a myriad of flavors and characters. This fine edition is brought to us by the great Don the Beachcomber himself. Don had a twofold innovation for this drink. First, he added a splash of club soda to add bubbles and lighten the drink a little. Then, he added a honey mix to give more depth and character to the punch. All told, this is a fantastic tiki cocktail that isn’t as fruity as many planter’s Learn More
The names for some cocktails can be a bit of a mouthful and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club certainly falls into this category. Despite its lengthy name, this tiki cocktail is surprisingly simple to make. It also offers a wonderfully tropical flavor while featuring notes of nutmeg and anise which pair well with the colder winter months. Whether it is above or below freezing, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is a great choice to warm your spirits. Royal Bermuda Yacht Club 1 1/2 ounces Dark Rum 1/4 ounce Orange Liqueur 3/4 ounce lime juice 1/2 ounce falernum garnish with a lime wheel Does this recipe look familiar? It is essentially a tiki version of the classic daiquiri, created by the tiki master Trader Vic himself. Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker with several ice cubes and shake till chilled. Or about 20 seconds until frost starts to accumulate on the outside of the shaker. Strain into Learn More
Colonel Beach’s plantation punch is a classic tiki cocktail that works quite well whether made by the glass or for the party. While the name is enough to make anyone feel a little uncomfortable given plantation’s abuse of slavery in far too recent history, this tiki cocktail is truly worth your attention. This plantation punch includes a surprisingly complex flavor profile thanks to the falernum, bitters and pernod. It also packs one hell of a wallop in terms of alcohol content. There are nearly three servings of alcohol in every glass, mostly taking the form of several delicious rums. This is sure to be the new favorite punch at any party you host, just be sure to warn your guests of its strength or they won’t get to remember it.
The weather on New Years Eve can vary greatly depending on where you live. But whether you are bundled up in a bulky jacket or sitting under a palm try to watch the fireworks, tropical cocktails are a great way to make any setting feel more fun. And what could be more fun than adding a bit of bubbly to sweet tropical flavors? Bubbles make everything better and the bubbly makes each drink feel more like a NYE cocktail. If you want to keep the price down, but your spirits, high, than I highly recommend choosing Andre California Champagne. It’s price tag is unbeatable and it excels in these incredibly flavorful cocktails. So what are you waiting for? Grab some rum. Grab some champagne and a lot of fruit, and get ready to party like its actually warm. The Airmail This cocktail is, shockingly enough, a product of a Bacardi Learn More
Planter’s punch is one of those tiki classics that have so many variations it is hard to pick which is truly the “most classic” rendition. So instead of fretting about whether it is really the first, we are going to go with this popular 1960s planter’s punch from the famed Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills, California. This behemoth of tiki punches has all the classic elements of tiki: multiple rums, lots of fruit, and plenty of sweetness with just enough depth to keep you interested in a second. Easy to make and easier still to drink, this planter’s punch offers an excellent middle-ground between alcohol and sweetness. The perfect punch for any celebration, this tiki classic will add a bit of island cheer during even the coldest winters.