I love Tiki drinks, but sometimes making them can be a little involved. A Mai Tai calls for six ingredients. A Zombie uses almost ten! Sometimes you don’t need a ton of supplies to make a great tasting drink. Sometimes all you need is rum, lime, and sugar. Let me introduce you to the Ti’ Punch.
A little bit of info about the Ti’ Punch: first, the Ti’ Punch is pronounced “tea paunch” and it means “small punch.” Also, the drink is from the French-speaking islands of the Caribbean and it’s the national drink of Martinique. The drink is traditionally served without ice and all you need is rum, lime, and sugar.
Simple enough, but it’s really important that you use sugar cane syrup, the right type of rum, and just the right amount of lime. I will go more into detail about the ingredients as we continue. Let’s begin…
Step One. Grab a tumbler and pour about ¼ of an ounce of sugar cane syrup. (This measurement is not set in stone). I recommend using Clement Sirop de Canne.
Step Two. Add 1 and ½ ounces of rum. Okay, this is where the type of rum used really matters. To make a Ti’ Punch correctly, you need to use rhum agricole. Rhum agricole is from the French Caribbean islands and has a very distinct flavor. I like to use Clement Rhum Blanc Agricole.
Step Three. Instead of cutting a lime into a wedge, only cut off one end of lime as a slice and squeeze the juice from the lime into the glass. You don’t want to use too much lime.
Step Four. Stir everything up, sip slowly, and enjoy!
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