Ti' Punch

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Don't be fooled by the simplicity of this Guadeloupean cocktail from scholar and cookbook author Jessica B. Harris — it packs a ton of flavor due to its use of white rhum agricole. Unlike most rums, which are made from fermented molasses or sugarcane byproducts, rhum agrciole is made from fresh-pressed sugarcane juice, which gives it wild, vegetal, grassy flavors and aromas entirely unlike other rums. (Rhum is the French spelling of "rum.") "This is a classical drink of the Creole world," Harris wrote of Ti' Punch in her 2013 book, Rum Drinks: 50 Caribbean Cocktails, from Cuba Libre to Rum Daisy. "It is, in fact, a French Antillian cousin of Brazil's caipirinha. In some parts of the French-Caribbean, it's called a C.R.S for its three ingredients: citron (lime), rhum (no translation necessary!) and sucre (sugar)." Harris prefers unrefined cane sugar for the molasses note it brings to the drink, which complement the more verdant cane sugar-notes from the rhum agricole. Serving Ti' Punch at room temperature as is traditional opens up the aromatic, herbal notes in the rum. If you prefer, you can serve it chilled for a smoother drink; just be sure to dissolve the sugar before adding the ice. Harris likes to serve this potent cocktail with hors d'oeuvres to kick off her dinner parties; try pairing it with her Bacon-Wrapped Watermelon Rind Pickles for a treat.

Ti' Punch
Photo: Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen
Total Time:
5 mins
Servings:
1

Ingredients

  • 2 lime wedges (from 1 quartered lime)

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) blanc rhum agricole (such as Rhum J.M or Rhum Clément), plus more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon unrefined granulated cane sugar, plus more to taste

Directions

  1. Squeeze 1 lime wedge into an old-fashioned glass or a small wide-mouthed stemmed glass. Add blanc rhum agricole and sugar to glass; stir until sugar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and adjust rhum and sugar as desired. Garnish with 1 lime wedge, if desired. Serve at room temperature as is traditional (and delicious) or chilled over ice if you prefer.

Note

Rhum J.M and Rhum Clément white agricole rums are both available online at totalwine.com.

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