Health warning: Do not let the amazing and tantalising taste of a Bajan Rum Punch fool you: it carries the kick of a mule, hence this up-front warning!
Here’s the rhyme Bajan’s use to mix a traditional rum punch:
“One of sour, Two of sweet, Three of strong, and, Four of weak.”
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 cups Bajan raw cane sugar syrup
- 3 cups Bajan rum (Burts preference is Cockspur!)
- 4 cups water
- A few dashes Angostura Bitters
- Grated nutmeg
- Some also add a glace cherry.
In a pitcher, combine the lime juice, syrup, rum, water, and bitters and stir well. Pour into glasses filled with ice, and sprinkle the nutmeg over the top. Add a glace (cocktail) cherry if you must!
There you have a Bajan rum punch – just like Sammy the chief barman at the Powell Spring Hotel in Bathsheba used to make!
Drink responsibly. Bajan Rum punch carries the kick of a mule!
PS. The kids too can enjoy this recipe. Just leave out the Rum and the nutmeg. Add a glace cherry on a cocktail stick. This virgin Rum Punch is known to Bajan kids as a Bentley.