National Rum Punch Day

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National Rum Punch Day

In honour of National Rum Punch Day we thought we would share a recipe.

The Bajan recipe for a great rum punch is very simple, based on the idea that the word punch comes from “panch”, meaning five in Sanskrit.

One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak, a dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice, serve well chilled with plenty of ice

You won’t be able to go very far before you are offered a rum cocktail in Barbados, it is served everywhere, including the beach.  Especially at the beach in fact.

Rum is the national drink of Barbados, where Mount Gay have their distillery in the centre of the island.   Be warned though if you ask for a rum and Coke in a bar you will be given a 330ml bottle of Coke, and a 1/4 bottle of rum.  They don’t serve it small measures, you get it in a bottle, with a bowl of ice and mix your own.

If you did want to celebrate National Rum Punch Day (September 20th) at home then this would be our suggestion for a great recipe:

Sour: 1 measure of lime juice, freshly squeezed
Sweet: 2 measures of sugar syrup – see below (or ready made)
Strong: 3 measures of dark Mount Gay rum.
Week: 4 measures of water
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Spice: freshly grated nutmeg

Place two measures of sugar in a saucepan with a little water and cook until the sugar has dissolved.  Add it to the juice.

Add the rum and water. A good quality passion fruit juice can be used instead of water but reduce the syrup slightly.

Serve with plenty of ice, a dash of bitters and a grating of nutmeg.