This month’s MxMo theme hosted by Thiago of Bartending Notes was pineapple. In an effort to give the king of fruits his due I racked my brain for a cocktail that incorporated one of my favorite fruits. A variety of concoctions passed by my lips, but I kept drifting back towards mixing a Planter’s Punch. The iconic dark rum cocktail is a staple in the Deep South during summertime, and I associate it with one afternoon in particular.
My mother-in-law was never much of a drinker. On the rare occasion she would have something harder than Diet Coke to drink it was usually a pre-made Margarita from Winn-Dixie. One sultry North Florida summer afternoon, however, I had a bottle of Goslings Black Seal rum in the liquor cabinet, a variety of fruit juices in the fridge, and introduced her to Planter’s Punch. She enjoyed the drink and unexpectedly asked for a multiple refills. Sitting by Mason’s kiddie pool with her, watching him splash about as we drank until the sky clouded over, the thunderheads rolled in, and it began to rain. A car accident two years ago took her life, but every time I mix one of these fruity rum concoctions I think of her.
- 1 1/2 oz. dark run
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- 1 oz. orange juice
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- dash of grenadine
Combine, shake, and pour over ice. Garnish with a fruit slice of your choice.
Or, if you are lazy, just pour all the ingredients into a glass, add some cubes, stir!
For more great pineapple inspired cocktails check out the full Mixology Monday LXXXVI Round-Up.