ON AN all-inclusive holiday, staying in a small two star hotel on the island of Mauritius a few years ago, I discovered a new drink.
Or, to be exact, it discovered me, as every time I walked past the bar the waiter would shout loudly …… ”Jungle Juice Mister? “
Not wanting to be rude, of course I accepted the barman’s kind offer and spent the whole two weeks in a jungle juice induced semi-coma.
The delicious but ever so slightly lethal drink was actually their version of rum punch, basically, rum mixed with tropical fruit flavours to give it a bit of a kick.
Here are three variants on the Jungle Juice theme, from around the tropical world straight to a large jug full of ice close to you.
Jungle Juice with rum, pineapple juice, passionfruit juice and lime juice, is absolutely perfect for a hot summer night.
Dark rum (1,5 part)
Pineapple juice (1 part)
Passionfruit juice (1 part)
Lime (juice of half a lime)
Syrup (2 drops)
Garnish: pineapple of passionfruit
1 part = 30 ml
Use a shaker and a tumbler glass filled with crushed ice. Take the shaker with ice cubes and pour in the rum, pineapple juice, passionfruit juice and fresh juice of half a lemon. Give it a good shake for about 5 to 8 seconds.
Pour out the cocktail into the glass with a strainer and fill it up till te top of the glass. Now add the 2 drops of grenadine syrup. This gives the cocktail a special look and feel. Garnish the cocktail with a piece of pineapple of fresh passion fruit.
Tip: This cocktail is also perfect to make in a big punch if you have a lot of friends coming over or a bbq in the summer.
Carribean Rum Punch
There is an old saying in Barbados, that goes, “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak.”
Hey presto, perfect (if rather lethal) punch. The ratio works for just about any punch. Serves one.
1 shot fresh lime juice
2 shots sugar syrup
3 shots rum
4 shots water
1 dash Angostura bitters
Nutmeg, to garnish
Stir the lime, syrup, rum and water in a large glass or jug, and pour into a glass over lots of crushed ice. Add a few drops of bitters and a grating of nutmeg, and serve.
Mississippi Planters Punch
The Planter´s Punch is an old rum drink and the origin is unknown to me. The most common recipe is 1/3 Rum, 1/3 Orange Juice, 1/3 Pineapple Juice and a dash of Grenadine.
The only thing known is that the recipe has been evolving through the decades and name changed from Jamaican Rum Punch (In Modern American Drinks (1895),) to the Planter`s Cocktail #2 (Savoy Cocktail Book 1930) and in Trader Vic`s Bartender’s Guide (1948) there are no less than four variations, switching the lemon to mostly lime, and three of the recipes calls for grenadine.
1 tblsp sugar (or simple syrup)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 jigger rum (1.5 oz)
1/2 jigger (0.75 oz) Bourbon whiskey
1 jigger ( 1.5oz) cognac brandy
Dissolve the sugar with a little water in a mixing glass. (or use simple syrup)
Add the lemon juice, bourbon and brandy. Fill with fine ice and shake thoroughly, strain into a tall glass. Garnish with fruit and serve with straw.
This one is very typically old style New Orleans cocktail. Boozy with bourbon, cognac and lemon among the ingredients.