Rum has an official classification system on Jamaica, categorising the alcohol from light and clear to rich and dark varieties. Planter’s Punch, an International Bartenders’ Association Official Cocktail, combines dark rum, lemon juice, grenadine syrup and Angostura bitters, a potent mix of 44.7 per cent alcohol, herbs and spices that comes from Trinidad and Tobago.
Here’s an old time recipe in verse. I can’t read it without singing it in my head.
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.