Planters Punch

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The Planter’s Punch is said to have originated in Jamaica, and references to it exist as far back as 1878. This updated variation nixes the grenadine, which today is usually artificially flavored and colored. Instead, we use a pomegranate syrup, which is how grenadine of old would have been made, taking us back to the roots of this classic.

To make this syrup, take 2 cups of fresh pomegranate seeds and boil them in 1 cup of water.  Stir in 1 cup of sugar until sugar is entirely dissolved.  Lower heat and allow the syrup to simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the stove.  Strain out the seeds once cool.  This syrup will keep refrigerated for some time.

To make the cocktail, mix ice, the juice from a quarter of a lime, 2 ounces of Papagayo Añejo Rum, half an ounce of the pomegranate syrup, and a couple dashes of bitters in a shaker and stir.  Strain and pour into a martini glass.  Top with soda and garnish with a lime.