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Along with summer comes the innate, instinctual craving for pitcher drinks. Although we tend to first reach for fruity sangria or a pitcher of beer, this week we’re itching for citrus. Planter’s Punch is a classic but highly variable* refresher that’ll have your mouth watering in seconds.

For any avid cocktail consumer, recipes are crucial. Two parts this and one part that can really shape our drinking experience. But, have you ever made a drink by following the steps of a poem? Yea, we thought not. This week’s cocktail recipe first appeared in print as a poem in the NY Times circa 1908. Take that for culture.

For purposes of simplicity, we’ll spare you the rhymes and just get down to business. For this punch, you’ll need:

1 cup dark rum
6 limes, juiced
4 lemons, juiced
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice (or substitute grapefruit juice)
1 oz. grenadine
Angostura bitters
Lime wedges
Ice

Combine rum, lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine into a large pitcher filled with ice. Add a dash of angostura bitters. Serve with lime wedges.

*Feel free to play around with the fruit juices. As long as the alcohol and citrus are involved, we’re game for anything.

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