Punch

Method

Punch, as an apéritif, or at any hour of the day, is one of the favourite iced beverages in the West Indies. The word “punch” is probably derived from the Hindustani punch, meaning “five,” the ingredients contained in the original punch, which came from the East Indies, being five in number. Most of the punches made in the West Indies are made with proof rum. In Guadeloupe it is made with two-thirds of old rum to one-third of a light syrup made with sugar, flavoured with grated nutmeg, a little lemon peel and plenty of crushed ice, the whole being well mixed in each glass with a little wooden stick, or shaken in a cocktail shaker.

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