Ti'Punch

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A Ti'Punch layout, allowing guests to assemble their own drink.

The Ti'Punch (or Créole Ti Punch, pronounced [tipɔ̃ʃ] with nasal 'o' as in French "on"; literally "small punch") is a rum-based mixed drink that is especially popular in Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti, French Guyana and other French-speaking Caribbean states. It is very similar to the daiquiri, which is usually identified with Cuba.

The drink is traditionally made with rhum agricole, lime, and cane syrup; white rum, other fruit flavors, and sugar can be substituted.

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It is usually served as an apéritif before starting a meal, both as a matter of tradition and because the drink itself is strongly alcoholic. A popular tradition is that of chacun prépare sa propre mort (roughly, each prepares his own death), where instead of serving the mixed drink, the bartender or host will simply place out the ingredients, and everyone will prepare the drink according to his or her own taste. Opinions differ as to whether it should be served with or without ice, but most agree that the "real" ti'punch should be served without ice. However, adding a small amount of ice allows the flavours of the ingredients to blossom.

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