As I Continue my series of posts on tasting my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed next up is Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch. This 1950's cocktail is from Donn The Beachcomber. It has fresh lime juice, unsweetened pineapple juice, ginger beer, dark rum, gold Puerto Rican rum, gold Barbados rum, falernum, Angostura bitters, and Pernod.
Nobody panic, but there seems to be a bit of lime shortage at the moment. When I picked up some limes to make this cocktail I paid $1.29 per lime! I think that is the most I've ever paid for a lime. Searching Google I couldn't find any news about it though. I guess that is what you get when you live in the northern US.
I wound up having to make this cocktail twice. The first time I forgot the Pernod. It was pretty good, but adding that tiny bit of Pernod really enhances the drink. The lime and pineapple flavors hit your pallet first, when you take a sip. Then, the ginger beer and falernum come through with some ginger and spices. Finally, the bitters and Pernod cut down on the sweetness and make it a cocktail that you could drink all night.
Just watch out, this is one tall cocktail. Beach Bum Berry Remixed doesn't specify what type of glass to use for this one. It just says a tall glass; even a hurricane glass wasn't quite big enough.
I'd highly reccomend Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch. To get the recipe and many other great tiki recipes pick up a copy of Beach Bum Berry Remixed.
P.S. I'm not at all affiliated with Beach Bum Berry. I did however put an Amazon associtate ID on my link to the book, and make a few cents if you buy the book from my link. That's not the point though. I just want to sip through the book and share my thoughts and experiences.