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Caribbean Style Planter's Punch

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While in college, I spent a summer week sailing in the British Virgin Islands.  I learned many refreshing (and strong!) mixed drinks from the islands.  My favorite was the Planter's Punch, made with three rums, sweet orange and pineapple juice, refreshingly tart lime juice, and a dash of grenadine.  This is a fantastic summer drink that is not too sweet for a fruit punch, and as strong as you want it.

While Bacardi is probably the most popular, premier rum producer, if you want to be authentic here, you should use Cruzan Rum.  Made in the Virgin Islands, it is offered in various outstanding flavors and ages, and also at a very reasonable cost.

For some education and entertainment, you should definitely check out both the Bacardi (www.bacardi.com) and Cruzan (www.cruzanrum.com) websites.


  • 1 oz. Dark Rum
  • 1 oz. White Rum
  • 1 oz. Gold Rum
  • 3 oz. Orange Juice
  • 3 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Lime Juice
  • Dash Grenadine
  • Orange Slice & Cherry for Garnish


  1. In a shaker with ice, combine Rums and all three juices.  Shake well and strain into an ice filled Collins glass.
  2. Add grenadine to taste, mixing with a spoon.
  3. Add the garnish.


The grenadine is what smooths out the tartness of the lime juice, but if you use too much the punch can turn too sweet very quickly.

If you don't have all the rums, it is fine to use just one.  If this is the case, I would recommend the dark rum.

This is a very easy recipe for parties.  For many servings, prepare ahead of time by multiplying the recipe by the number of servings and keeping the punch in a pitcher or jug.


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