Every Caribbean culture has their version of a mixed drink using three basic ingredients: Rum, Lime and Sugar. Even the Royal Navy's "Grog" was nothing more than these three ingredients. While the proportions vsry from country to country, the idea is the same - liquor, sour and sweet. Former Spanish colonial islands and Central American countries have their Daiquiris and Mojitos, the French West Indies have their delicate but powerful 'Ti Punch, Barbados likes a Corn 'n Oil, and Brazil has the Caipirinha. You could even say that Mexico's Margarita (Tequila, Triple Sec and Lime) fits the mold; it simply substitutes indigenous liquor for rum.
The Rum Gallery often enlists on of these cocktail soldiers when evaluating a rum that is intended for mixing in cocktails versus sipping neat. Salud!
2 oz white or mildly aged rum (ex: Atlantico Platino, Abuelo Añejo, Brugal Blanco, Havana Club Añejo Reserva, etc.)
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1/4 - 1/2 oz simple syrup
Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a shallow-bowl glass, such as a 50's style champagne glass or martini funnel. Garnish the rim with thin slice of lime.
'Ti Punch (the drink of Martiniique, French West Indies, and creole for “Petit Punch”)
1 Fresh lime disc
1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon Simple Syrup
1 1/2 oz. overproof Rhum Agricole (Neisson or J.M. Elevé Sous Bois, Clément VSOP)
Pour the simple syrup into a short galss. Slice a thin section of rind from a fresh lime, twist into a short glass to release its oil, and drop the rind in. You’re primarily interested in the bitter lime flavor of the rind, not the juice. Add the rhum and ice, stir and slightly muddle the mix, releasing the lime oils. Rest for 2-5 minutes to melt the ice slightly. Stir gently and sip. A proper ‘Ti Punch is refreshing but packs a wallop - think of it as a Martinique Martini. As Matt Robold (Rum Dood) says; “One is alright, Two is too many, and Three is not enough!"
1 fresh Lime, quartered
2.5 oz Cachaça
1-2 Tsp. Sugar or Simple Syrup
Gently muddle the lime, add ice, Cachaça and sugar. Mix well. Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a sugar cane stick and/or mint. Caipirinha's reward personalization - adjust ingredients to suit your taste.