What is Tiki week without a punch recipe? Colonel Beach’s plantation punch dates to the 1950’s, and was invented by Don The Beachcomber. With the Moscow Mule so popular now (at least in Chicago), Ginger Beer is pretty easy to find. Substitute Ginger Ale in a pinch.
Colonel Beach’s Plantation Punch
1 ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
2 ounces chilled ginger beer
2 ounces dark Jamaican rum
1 ounce gold Puerto Rican Rum
1/2 ounce Barbados Rum
1/2 ounce falernum
Dash Angostura bitters
6 drops Pernod
Combine all ingredients in a shaker except the ginger beer with crushed ice and shake. Stir in the ginger beer, and pour unstrained into a tall glass (I used a tulip glass). Garnish with a mint sprig. Cheers
Tiki Week Sidebar: RUM
If following along during Tiki week, no doubt you have noticed the many different rums specified for different cocktails. The world of rum is vast, and if you are a stickler for following rum brand reccomendations in Tiki recipes, your liquor cabinet will have many many new bottles. The six bottles pictured above will make almost all rum based Tiki drinks, if willing to substitute (a little). The good news is that rum is cheap and easy to find.
A quick rundown on the rums pictured and how I use them or substitute with them from L to R
Light Rum. Also known as silver or white rum mostly produced in the Virgin Islands. Cruzan is what I usually use–however Shellback seems to do just fine. Bacardi Silver, Flor De Cana extra dry are other good alternatives
Gold Rum. Cruzan Aged Rum is the consensus best. I have been lucky enough to enjoy drinks at many bars in the Caribbean, and Cruzan Aged Rum is almost always used exclusively there. Bacardi, interestingly is rarely seen behind the bar (except at hotels). I use this when recipes call for a Puerto Rican or Virgin Islands gold rum. Bacardi gold should substitute well.
Gold Jamaican Rum. Appleton Special Gold is the best. It is inexpensive, but sometimes hard to find. Appleton also makes a dark Jamaican rum and an Estate V/X gold rum. Select carefully, all the bottles look very similar. Although more $$, the Estate V/X will mix well in recipes calling for a gold Jamaican rum. I generality substitute gold Jamaican rum for recipes calling for gold Barbados rum (Mt Gay) when I don’t have any on hand.
Demerara Rum. El Dorado 5 year is my go to for recipes calling for Demerara rum or Amber Martinique rum (like the Mai Tai). It is rich and smoky. El Dorado also makes more mature bottles which I am sure are delicious, but for the purpose of mixing, the 5 year works great. Lemon Hart 151, another Demerara, is hard to find, but essential to recipes calling for a high proof rum. It is rich and smells of gunpowder.
Dark Jamaican Rum. My preferences for Tiki drinks must lean towards ones that contain Dark Jamaican Rum, because it is the bottle I replace the most. I use Meyer’s, mainly because it is found everywhere, however if I come across a bottle of Appleton Estate Extra dark, I’ll snap that up instead.
Surprised not to see a coconut rum or a spiced rum? These rum blends did not exist in the heyday of Tiki drinks, and are not used in most Tiki recipes.