Planter's Punch

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Planter's Punch
IBA Official Cocktail
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Planter's Punch
Type Mixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish

Cherry and Pineapple slice

Standard drinkware
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Highball glass
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Pour all ingredients, except the bitters, into shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Pour into large glass, filled with ice. Add Angostura bitters, "on top". Garnish with cocktail cherry and pineapple.
* Planter's Punch recipe at International Bartenders Association

Planter's Punch is an IBA Official Cocktail made of dark rum, several juices, grenadine syrup, sugar syrup, and Angostura bitters.[1]

The cocktail has been said to have originated at the Planters Hotel in Charleston, SC, but the recipe originates in Jamaica.[citation needed] The September 1878 issue of the London magazine Fun listed the recipe as follows:

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.[2]

Cultural references[edit]

Humphrey Bogart's and Mary Astor's characters both order a Planter's Punch at a bar in Panama in the 1942 spy thriller Across the Pacific, set on the eve of World War II.

Agatha Christie's novel A Caribbean Mystery features the drink as a favorite ordered many times by several central characters.


  1. ^ "Planter's Punch". International Bartenders Association. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Planter's Punch! A West Indian Recipe". Fun. XXVII (new series): 102. 4 September 1878. Retrieved 5 February 2014.