Trader Vic’s Punch for Jimmy Buffett concert, Charlotte, NC

This weekend a group of friends and I attended the Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band concert at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC.

For our concert tailgate I decided to mix up a batch of Trader Vic Punch. It’s a fairly simple recipe that calls for a lot of fresh squeezed juice, funky Jamaican dark rum, and a light Puerto Rican rum.

Trader Vic Punch

– 24 lemons
– 24 oranges
– 6 ounces orgeat syrup
– 6 ounces sugar syrup
– 1.5 fifths light Puerto Rican rum (Plantation 3 Star)
– 1.5 fifths dark Jamaican rum (Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still)

Squeeze juice from lemons and oranges saving shells. Mix juice with other ingredients. Chill in fridge till party time, then pour into punch bowl filled with ice cubes and cut-up sections of lemon and orange shells. Garnish with mint leaves. (Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log)

Preparation: Having attended the Miami Rum Festival earlier in the week, I was left with a short preparation time before the concert. My local produce store had a poor selection of lemons so I modified the recipe by substituting 50% of the lemons for limes. I also didn’t have enough Puerto Rican rum on hand so I substituted Plantation 3 Star Rum which is a blend of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad rums instead.

Once mixed, the punch was quite tart and fairly strong. This would not be a problem if drinking 6 ounce pours but during our tailgate my friends would be drinking all day so I decided to modify the recipe further. I doubled the amount of simple syrup and orgeat to 16 ounces of each and added extra ice. These alterations helped smooth the citrus bite and helped create a more balanced cocktail. This cocktail worked great for our large group and I will definitely lean on this recipe for a party punch in the future.



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