Any guesses who is the biggest importer of rum from Barbados? You betcha — it's the good ol' U.S.A. You may be familiar with the largest Bajan (Bajan basically refers to anything relating to Barbados) rum distillery — Mount Gay. With documents dating back to 1703, this rum house's claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of rum!
The Barbados Rum Punch Formula
The drink is simple and singsong-y if you like a poetic drink. Take it from the locals; this little ditty is the perfect Bajan rum punch recipe:
• One of sour, two of sweet
• Three of strong and four of weak
• A dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice
• Serve well chilled with plenty of ice
Which translates to the recipe below, but feel free to tweak the components to your taste.
Bajan Rum Punch
1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 ounce simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces dark Bajan rum (the older, the better)
2 ounces water
2 to 3 dashes Angostura bitters
Freshly grated nutmeg*
Stir all ingredients and pour over ice.
If making a pitcher-full, simply multiply the recipe by 8.
*Add a little fresh grated nutmeg if you like.
Maureen C. Petrosky writes what she knows, food, booze and parties. Author of The Wine Club, she appears regularly on The TODAY show to share her vices (and advice) with the world. For more info check out www.maureenpetrosky.com or follow her on Twitter @maureenpetrosky.
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