Picture this if you will, a Southern gentleman in his white plantation suit and hat sitting on the veranda of an old Antebellum home somewhere in Kentucky fanning himself and sipping on a refreshing drink such as planters punch.
This drink was very typical of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in large plantations in the south and in the Caribbean where rum, sugar and tobacco were the best crops and it was hot and humid and drinks like this were a necessity. The punch was a simple mixture of local rums, often with cane syrup and citrus juices which was sometimes produced on the same plantation. I've had this drink and can't say enough about it being so refreshing especially during the long hot summer days. Try it and let me know what you think.
3/4 oz Myer's dark Rum
3/4 oz light rum
3/4 oz orange curacao
1/2 oz John K. Taylor's Velvet Falernum
1 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
3/4 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
Dash of grenadine
Dash of Angostura bitters
Orange slice and Marasca cherry for garnish