I make punches following the ratio recipe of the traditional Barbadian national rhyme:
One of Sour,
Two of Sweet,
Three of Strong,
Four of Weak.
Traditionally, the sour was lime juice, sweet was sugar, honey, or molasses syrup, strong was rum, and weak was black tea. Perhaps punches originated this way because when made with the above ingredients, Barbados rum punch contains alcohol, caffeine, carbohydrates, and scurvy-preventative – everything a sailor needed to make it through a voyage.
Playing with Punch
The punch rhyme is a jumping off point for creative cocktail makers like ourselves. We make punches with all types of alcohol. They’re a convenient way to use up vodka infusions. A few drops of bitters creates yet another layer of flavors and punches always taste better after aging overnight in the fridge.
Here are some ideas for the ingredients:
Sour – lemon, 100% cranberry, 100% cherry, or lime juice
Sweet – diluted honey, simple syrup, maple syrup
Strong – rum, bourbon, vodka, fruit or herb infusions
Weak – black tea, herbal tea, light fruit juices
Pink Punch Recipe
1. Mix all ingredients in a glass jar. Hint: A Ball quart or half-gallon jar has convenient measures on the sides for parts.
2. Shake well to combine and store in refrigerator overnight or up to five days.
3. Serve over ice, perhaps with a stainless steel straw.