A dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice, serve well chilled with plenty of ice. And ta-daaah! You’ve got yourself a punch. This rhyme originates from Barbados, and if you’ve ever drunk punch in Barbados, you’ll trust this is the perfect guideline for making it.
The beauty of punch is that there’s no wrong way to treat it. Pour and stir it into a jug, a bowl, or a bathtub, and it will taste good. Just be generous with the ice. Pour into punch cups, highballs, or crystal cocktail glasses—punch is as dynamic as your party requires.
Whether you make a single serving or batch it up for a party, this rhyme is the jumping-off point for your creativity:
1 of sour
2 of sweet
3 of strong
4 of weak
Here are some of these combinations in action:
1 part fresh grapefruit juice
2 parts Campari
3 parts gin
4 parts chamomile tea