Planter’s Punch

Total Time

Prep/Cook Time: 5 min.

Makes

1 serving

Updated: Jul. 18, 2023
If you like your Planter's Punch on the sweet side, add a splash of simple syrup to the shaker. A dash or two of bitters is sometimes added to this classic tropical cocktail. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce grenadine syrup
  • 2 ounces chilled club soda, optional
  • Optional garnishes: Maraschino cherries, pineapple slice or mint

Directions

  1. Fill a shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add rum, pineapple juice, lime juice and grenadine. Cover and shake for 15-20 seconds or until condensation forms on outside of shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass with ice. If desired, add club soda. Garnish as desired.
Planter's Punch Tips

Where did Planter's Punch originate?

Planter's Punch is believed to come from Jamaica, although its exact origins are not definitively known. It likely came to the United States in the late 1800s, and was once featured on the menu at the Planters Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Regardless of its origin, this classic rum drink features a topical combination of rum, citrus juices, sugary syrup and pineapple that tastes fantastic on a hot day.

How can you make Planter's Punch your own?

To make Planter's Punch your own, start with rum and play around with various fruit juices like pineapple, orange or mango. You can adjust the sweetness by using sugary syrup instead of grenadine, or enhance the bitter notes with a dash of Angostura bitters. Don’t be afraid to swap the spirits, like substituting light rum for dark (here are picks for the best rum). Finally, leave out the club soda if you prefer a drink without bubbles.

What type of glass do you use to serve Planter's Punch?

Planter’s Punch is typically served in a cocktail glass, like a highball or Collins glass, filled with ice. These tall, slender glasses allow room for ice and garnishes while also showcasing the drink’s vibrant colors.

How do you make a pitcher of Planter's Punch?

If you’re serving Planter’s Punch for a crowd, feel free to make a pitcher instead of an individual glass. First, determine the size of your pitcher (a standard bar pitcher contains 2 quarts, but yours may be smaller or larger). Then increase the quantities accordingly, doubling or tripling each ingredient to fill the pitcher. We recommend mixing the first four ingredients only, as the club soda will lose its bubbles over time. Instead, portion the ice and club soda into individual glasses.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

Nutrition Facts

1 cocktail: 180 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.