On the Rocks - Planters Punch

According to the rules, as set down by whomever makes the rules, a drink is a cocktail when it has at least three separate ingredients. Sometimes this can be easy - Cuba Libre is just a rum and coke with lime, but others are daunting. Some cocktails contain weird ingredients or need really odd juices. A lot of tropical drinks can be like this. Those are the ones to keep for cocktail bars when you aren't paying for a huge bottle of some bizarre flavoured spirit you'll use for one drink. 

Some seemingly odd stuff shows up an awful lot, and I was perusing recipes a week or so back and I came across this little number. Its not a variety of Planter's Punch I had seen before, normally they want orange juice or pineapple juice, or even both. This juiceless little number uses fresh lime and those three bottles of odd stuff that they say every cocktail cabinet needs - Angostura Bitters, Grenadine and Sugar Syrup.

Really I thought to myself? Just lime (which I always have in for drinks), rum and those three?? I had to try it. And really, not half bad. The lime and bitters give a tang, where as the grenadine gives the rum a sweet touch that stops it from being overly sour. This is a nice little number that shows what a difference bitters and grenadine can make to a drink. 

You Will Need

A highball style glass
2 shots Dark Rum
1 shot Lime juice 
3 tsp/15ml Sugar Syrup
2 tsp/10ml Grenadine
Soda Water
2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

Construction Technique

Pop everything except the soda and one dash of angostura bitters into a glass or your shaker and mix up. Top up the glass with soda water and add in a final dash of bitters. 

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