How’s your summer going? Is it alright? I hope your answer is a resounding “YES!” Since you’ve been experiencing the weather that Bre and I are lucky enough to enjoy year-round, I thought it would be fun to share with you a drink that we also enjoy year-round.
Our tiny island doesn’t produce much, thanks to a soil that’s made of limestone and coral. But one thing we do grow a lot of is sugar cane. It’s a huge part of the Bajan culture and steeped in tradition. Every year there’s even a celebration, called Crop Over, which celebrates the traditional end of harvesting season. Any reason for a party!
Sugar cane can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. I’ve had it raw, where you chew on the cane to release the sweet cane juice. In fact, there are guys that actually sell the raw cane on the side of the roads during harvesting season! Or, you can find fresh cane sugar and molasses in the local stores. But here on the island, the most popular way to enjoy it is rum.
Thanks to the abundance of sugar cane, rum is everywhere. It’s super cheap (even the good stuff!) and it flows freely. There are even songs about it! One of the earliest songs about rum is the little diddy about making rum punch. It goes something like this:
Isn’t that a handy way of remembering a cocktail recipe? I whip up this libation anytime I have out of town guests, and they always love it. If you’re ever in Barbados, the first thing you need to try is a rum punch. And if you can’t make it to our island anytime soon, here’s the recipe so you can enjoy our national drink in your own backyard.
- 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 ounces of simple syrup
- 3 ounces of rum
- 4 ounces of water or passionfruit juice
- 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
- garnish with freshly grated nutmeg
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Add the lime juice, simple syrup, rum, and water or passionfruit juice to the glass.
- Add a few dashes of Angostura Bitters and stir.
- Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
- Relax and enjoy a taste of the Caribbean!
- White or dark rum will work with this recipe. For a truly Bajan experience, use a rum from Barbados such as Mount Gay.
- You can find Angostura Bitters at any liquor store or grocery store.
The great thing about this recipe is that it easily doubles or quadruples so you can make up a pitcher to enjoy with your guests.
Have you ever been to Barbados?
What’s your favorite Caribbean cocktail?