Punch comes from the Indian word “panch” which means five. The five refers to the fiver ingredients of sour, sweet, strong, weak and spice. The poem for rum punch goes: One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak, a dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice, serves well chilled with plenty of ice.
You will need the following ingredients:
1 measure of lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 measures of sugar syrup – see method
3 measures of dark Caribbean rum, the older, the better
4 measures of water
Dash of Angostura Bitters and freshly grated nutmeg
Place two measures of sugar in a saucepan with a little water and cook until the sugar has dissolved and add 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.
Author: Brett Callaghan
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