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.
Looking to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, but prefer something other than a margarita? Try The Paloma, the first cocktail I ever made!
2 oz tequila
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Pinch Of Salt
My favorite Mint Julep recipe comes from Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Henry Watterson:
Pluck the mint gently from its bed, just as the dew of the evening is about to form upon it . Prepare the simple syrup and measure out a half-tumbler of whiskey. Pour the whiskey into a well-frosted silver cup, throw the other ingredients away and drink the whiskey.
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Tom Collins, properly presented in a Collins’ glass
Top 5 Summertime Drinks: Tom Collins
In my book, there isn’t much that says “summertime” like a nice Collins drink. A Collins is a family of sweetened “fizzes”. The Tom Collins is the grandaddy of them all. You will need gin, sugar, fresh lemons, and soda water for this cocktail. While your shopping, grab some oranges and cocktail cherries. If you don’t have a Collins glass, try to use another tall glass such as a cooler glass or even a beer pint. Squeeze a half lemon into the glass and add a teaspoon of sugar. Stir this mixture a bit with a bar spoon. Fill with ice and pour in 2 oz gin. Shake with vigor to dissolve the sugar. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice. Alternate method (a little more labor intensive) is to muddle lemon wedges with the sugar then continue the rest of the process. This is how I make it when I want it to be extra special.