Ti' Punch Cocktail Drink

Ti’ Punch

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Craving a straightforward summer cocktail? This Ti’ Punch recipe is your go-to, with a short list of ingredients that make it a breeze to create an enjoyable drink!

Ti' Punch Recipe

Refresh your day with this easy Ti' Punch recipe, mixing rum, lime, and cane syrup for a perfect, zesty summer sip!

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

150 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Rhum Agricole
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp raw cane sugar or cane syrup

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned Glass or Small Tumbler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Spoon or Swizzle Stick

Instructions

  • Prepare Glass: Place 1 tsp raw cane sugar or cane syrup into your glass.
  • Add Lime: Squeeze a lime over the sugar to produce ½ oz fresh lime juice. You can add the squeezed lime shell to the glass.
  • Add Rhum: Pour 2 oz Rhum Agricole into the glass.
  • Mix: Use the spoon or swizzle stick to mix the rum, the sugar and the lime juice until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
  • Optional: Add a small piece or a lime twist for garnish if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

As an avid cocktail enthusiast, I've experimented with different ingredients. If Rhum Agricole, a French-style rum made from fresh cane juice, isn't available, you might try cachaca for a Brazilian twist or a white rum for a less grassy note. Be mindful that changing the rum alters the drink's character significantly. For the sweet component, honey is a delightful alternative to cane sugar or syrup, adding a floral note.

Making a Pitcher of Ti' Punch:

  • Scale: For a gathering, increase the quantities. For 8 servings, you'd use 16 oz of Rhum Agricole, 4 oz of lime juice, and 8 tsp of sugar or syrup.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar dissolves entirely.
  • Serve: Distribute the mixture into individual glasses, garnish if desired, and serve immediately for the best experience.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

For an alcohol-free version, omit the rum and use a non-alcoholic spirit if available. Alternatively, increase the lime juice to 1 oz and add 2 3 oz of chilled water or coconut water to maintain the tropical vibe. You'll keep the sweetness and citrusy Punch, minus the alcohol.

Making it Vegan:

The standard Ti' Punch recipe is inherently vegan, using plant-based ingredients: rum, lime, and sugar. However, if you're substituting honey for sugar or syrup, revert to the original cane sugar or a vegan-friendly syrup to ensure it stays vegan. Enjoy your cruelty-free refreshment!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
150
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Potassium
 
18
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
7
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.03
mg
0
%

 

Ti' Punch Cocktail Drink

Ti' Punch Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Refresh your day with this easy Ti' Punch recipe, mixing rum, lime, and cane syrup for a perfect, zesty summer sip!
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 150

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Rhum Agricole
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp raw cane sugar or cane syrup

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned Glass or Small Tumbler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Spoon or Swizzle Stick

Instructions

  • Prepare Glass: Place 1 tsp raw cane sugar or cane syrup into your glass.
  • Add Lime: Squeeze a lime over the sugar to produce ½ oz fresh lime juice. You can add the squeezed lime shell to the glass.
  • Add Rhum: Pour 2 oz Rhum Agricole into the glass.
  • Mix: Use the spoon or swizzle stick to mix the rum, the sugar and the lime juice until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
  • Optional: Add a small piece or a lime twist for garnish if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

As an avid cocktail enthusiast, I've experimented with different ingredients. If Rhum Agricole, a French-style rum made from fresh cane juice, isn't available, you might try cachaca for a Brazilian twist or a white rum for a less grassy note. Be mindful that changing the rum alters the drink's character significantly. For the sweet component, honey is a delightful alternative to cane sugar or syrup, adding a floral note.

Making a Pitcher of Ti' Punch:

  • Scale: For a gathering, increase the quantities. For 8 servings, you'd use 16 oz of Rhum Agricole, 4 oz of lime juice, and 8 tsp of sugar or syrup.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar dissolves entirely.
  • Serve: Distribute the mixture into individual glasses, garnish if desired, and serve immediately for the best experience.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

For an alcohol-free version, omit the rum and use a non-alcoholic spirit if available. Alternatively, increase the lime juice to 1 oz and add 2 3 oz of chilled water or coconut water to maintain the tropical vibe. You'll keep the sweetness and citrusy Punch, minus the alcohol.

Making it Vegan:

The standard Ti' Punch recipe is inherently vegan, using plant-based ingredients: rum, lime, and sugar. However, if you're substituting honey for sugar or syrup, revert to the original cane sugar or a vegan-friendly syrup to ensure it stays vegan. Enjoy your cruelty-free refreshment!

What is a Ti’ Punch?

A Ti’ Punch is a Cocktail containing Rhum Agricole, lime, and cane syrup. It’s the signature cocktail of the French Caribbean, particularly Martinique and Guadeloupe, renowned for its straightforward, refreshing nature. The name “Ti’ Punch” is a Creole abbreviation of “petit punch,” meaning “small punch,” reflecting its typical serving size and potent flavor profile.

A side shot of a Ti' Punch cocktail in a small Tumbler glass on a white cloth with some limes around.

What is in a Ti’ Punch – The ingredients

To create the Ti’ Punch, collect the following ingredients:

  • Rhum Agricole: A French-style rum distilled from fresh sugarcane juice, it’s the drink’s foundation, providing a grassy, robust flavor unique to the Ti’ Punch.
  • Lime: Usually a squeeze or a slice, it introduces a zesty tang that perfectly complements the punchy strength of the rum.
  • Cane Syrup or Raw Cane Sugar: Adds a touch of sweetness, balancing the lime acidity and the rhum agricole’s potent nature, rounding out the cocktail’s flavor profile.

Rhum Agricole, two limes and raw cane sugar laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Ti’ Punch?

Let us help you make the best Ti’ Punch with our guide:

1
<p>Start by placing a teaspoon of cane syrup or raw cane sugar into your preferred small glass, typically an Old Fashioned glass or a similar style.</p>

Start by placing a teaspoon of cane syrup or raw cane sugar into your preferred small glass, typically an Old Fashioned glass or a similar style.

2
<p>Cut a small piece of lime, either a wedge or a round slice, squeeze it directly into the glass over the sugar, </p>

Cut a small piece of lime, either a wedge or a round slice, squeeze it directly into the glass over the sugar,

3
<p>Drop the lime piece in after if desired.</p>

Drop the lime piece in after if desired.

4
<p>Pour a generous measure of Rhum Agricole, typically around 2 ounces, directly over the lime and sweetener.</p>

Pour a generous measure of Rhum Agricole, typically around 2 ounces, directly over the lime and sweetener.

5
<p>Take a spoon or a traditional swizzle stick and stir the mixture, ensuring the sugar dissolves into the lime juice and rum, blending all the flavors harmoniously.</p>

Take a spoon or a traditional swizzle stick and stir the mixture, ensuring the sugar dissolves into the lime juice and rum, blending all the flavors harmoniously.

6
<p>Taste your Ti’ Punch and adjust it according to your preference; you might want a bit more sweetness, or perhaps another squeeze of lime, to get it just right.</p>

Taste your Ti’ Punch and adjust it according to your preference; you might want a bit more sweetness, or perhaps another squeeze of lime, to get it just right.

What is the difference between a Daiquiri and a Ti’ Punch?

Ti’ Punch and Daiquiri differ significantly in their composition and presentation. Ti’ Punch uses rhum agricole and a dash of cane syrup, often featuring just a squeeze of lime, and it’s stirred directly in the glass, usually served neat without ice. Its robust, less diluted flavors reflect its French Caribbean roots. Conversely, a Daiquiri is made with Spanish-style white rum and simple syrup, shaken up with more lime juice, and is served ice cold from a cocktail shaker, typically garnished with a lime wheel in a chilled, stemmed glass, showcasing its Cuban heritage.

A Ti' Punch cocktail, shot from above, in a small Tumbler glass on a white cloth with some limes and a jigger around.

Best Rum for Ti’ Punch

Selecting the perfect rum—rhum agricole—is crucial for an authentic Ti’ Punch. Originating from the French Caribbean, rhum agricole is distilled from fresh sugarcane juice, not molasses, giving it a grassy, robust flavor that’s the soul of a genuine Ti’ Punch. Look for options like Rhum J.M. Gold from Martinique, renowned for its subtle vanilla tones and a spicy kick, or the slightly woody, matured taste of Rhum Clément V.S.O.P., also from Martinique. For a less intense but equally authentic option, the milder, nuanced flavors of Rhum Neisson make it a friendly introduction to the category. However, if you want the top shelf, Rhum Damoiseau from Guadeloupe, known for its bold, earthy notes with a hint of fruit, often stands out as a favorite among enthusiasts.

A side shot of a Ti' Punch cocktail in a small Tumbler glass on a white cloth with some limes around, in front of a light green wall and some plants.

History and Origins of the Ti’ Punch

The Ti’ Punch cocktail boasts a rich history deeply rooted in the French Caribbean, specifically the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. Its creation dates back to the 19th century when sugarcane plantations thrived on these islands. Workers often enjoyed a potent concoction of local rhum agricole, lime, and sugarcane syrup or raw sugar, which provided them a quick burst of energy and relief from their strenuous labor. This practice laid the foundation for what would evolve into the current Ti’ Punch.

The name “Ti’ Punch” itself speaks volumes about its origins. The term is a shortened version of “Petit Punch,” which translates to “small punch” in French, indicative of the strong nature of the drink and the traditionally small serving size. Its simplicity mirrors the laid-back, minimalist lifestyle of the Caribbean islands, where the focus lies more on enjoying life’s pleasures than on elaborate presentations.

As rhum agricole gained popularity and international recognition, so did Ti’ Punch. Rhum Agricole differs significantly from other types of rum, as it’s distilled directly from sugarcane juice rather than molasses, giving it a distinct grassy and robust flavor profile integral to Ti’ Punch’s character.

The cocktail’s prominence continued growing, reaching beyond the Caribbean to bars and homes worldwide, appreciated for its simplicity, strength, and cultural heritage. However, Ti’ Punch remains a symbol of Caribbean hospitality despite its international journey. It is often served in celebration and quiet everyday moments, embodying the spirit and warmth of its place of origin.

A Ti' Punch cocktail, shot from above, in a small Tumbler glass on a white marmol table with two limes, a Rhum Agricole bottle and a glass with raw sugar cane around.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Ti' Punch?
A standard Ti' Punch contains approximately 150-200 calories, depending mainly on the cane syrup or sugar.
How strong is a Ti' Punch?
The strength of a Ti' Punch depends on the rum's ABV, but typically, the cocktail is around 40-50% ABV (80-100 proof) due to the significant portion of rhum agricole.
What type of alcohol does a Ti' Punch contain?
Ti' Punch is made with rhum agricole, a style of rum distilled from fresh sugarcane juice rather than molasses.
In what kind of glass is Ti' Punch served?
Ti' Punch is traditionally served in an Old Fashioned glass or a small tumbler.
What does Ti' Punch taste like?
Ti' Punch features a robust, slightly grassy flavor from the rhum agricole, balanced by the sweetness of cane syrup and the tartness of fresh lime.
What is the typical ratio in a Ti' Punch?
The standard ratio for a Ti' Punch is 2 ounces of rhum agricole, a quarter ounce of cane syrup or raw sugar, and a small squeeze or slice of lime.
How is Ti' Punch typically served regarding ice?
Traditionally, Ti' Punch is served neat without ice, allowing the bold flavors to shine unaltered.
How do you pronounce "Ti' Punch"?
It's pronounced "tee punch," with the "ti'" being short for "petit" in French, meaning "small."
Why is fresh lime important in Ti' Punch?
Fresh lime provides the essential acidity that balances the strong rhum agricole and the sweetness of the cane syrup, contributing to the drink's refreshing quality.

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