Friday, July 17, 2009

Cocktail Friday - Virgin Gorda Planters Punch

My husband and I spent a wonderful 2 weeks in St. John, BVI. While there we went on a scuba diving day trip to Virgin Gorda. After a day of Scuba diving for Barracuda and coral we climbed through the Baths of Virgin Gorda and stopped at a little beach bar for THE MOST DELICIOUS PLANTERS PUNCH EVER!! I asked the bartender for the recipe...and have made this at home ever since. It is one of our favorites!

Yields 6 servings
1 cup white rum
1 cup fresh orange juice (about 2 oranges)
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup bottled guava nectar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon Angostura bitters
6 cinnamon sticks
6 fresh pineapple slices
6 orange slices
6 maraschino cherries
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg (optional...but amazing!)

Combine first 7 ingredients in a pitcher. Serve over ice. Garnish each serving with 1 cinnamon stick, 1 pineapple slice, 1 orange slice, and 1 cherry. Sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired.

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