This is an age old classic cocktail, which many believe is from the 19th century. This drink actually dates to the early 18th century as seen in this publication:
The gentleman’s magazine, and historical chronicle: Volume 6 – Page 629 in 1736
“Planters cannot have In Punch, had ever given Occasion to. We posed the freeing of our Sugar Planters know that our Sugar islands are not fit from all Quit-rents’ and Taxes, from all for producing any Thing that”
It appears that this drink was created by the Jamaican sugar planters and was so unbelievably popular that many governing agencies attempted to tax the sugar planters to the extent that they would not even be able to produce rum any longer. The planters often would open what was called “Punch Houses” and serve their rum libations there.
There is a great mystery as to what the original planter’s punch may have contained, however, earliest printings suggest it composed of only two to three ingredients, this recipe was soon replaced by the addition of lemon juice and today a variety of ingredients are used in it’s composition. Here is an early recipe:
The history of Jamaica: or, General survey of the antient and … – Page 726 by Edward Long in 1774
“distilled, a spirit is drawn from it far exceeding arrack, which makes an admirable punch, cashew or cashou tree, bearing the fruit, or apple. Some planters roast the ripe fruit at a fire ; and (slice one or two into a bowl of punch, to give it a pleasant flavour.)
These punch houses were increadibly successful and by all accounts the planters punch was one to be sought after. This drinks popularity still remains, seeing as it can still be ordered at a number of establishment.
This drink dates between 1730 – 1734 (May date far earlier) and contained at least as of then:
This drink was originally served warm
Shake these ingredients:
Roasted apple slices
Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice cubes (Modern)