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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Miss Monique's Planter's Punch

For Baby's nephew's bar mitzvah present, we took him to Atlantis, that huge, overblown resort filled with palm trees, pools and water slides on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. I had never been before to the Bahamas at all and boy was it hot. During the steamy days, we barely left the water the entire time and spent much of it floating in the gorgeous, silky Caribbean--although, we went across the property to Dolphin Cay one morning and frolicked with the friendly dolphins! Sheer delight!

In the midst of all this heat, we were fortunate enough to meet Monique. What a lovely gal! She works in several of the snack huts around the pools and the beach and as we also discovered, makes a mean Planter's Punch. Needless to say, wherever she was stationed, Baby and I followed.

I don't know exactly what was in the concoction we drank, but after scouring through a bunch of recipes, I found one in cocktail king Anthony Dias Blue's epic tome, The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks that I think might be close. Of course we can't replicate what Miss Monique poured for us--any other Planter's Punch will always be missing her sweet smile and friendly conversation!

Planter's Punch III
Adapted from The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks
2 ounces dark rum (or so, or maybe a splash of light rum)
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
1 1/2 ounces orange juice
3/4 ounces lemon juice
1/4 to 1/2 ounce grenadine
1 maraschino cherry
1 strip fresh pineapple, peeled (we didn't have this, but it couldn't hurt)

Mix the rum, juices, and grenadine in a shaker. Pour the mixture into a highball glass (or plastic cup if you're beach bound!) with ice. Garnish with the cherry and the pineapple strip.

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