The Riff

Private Island Punch

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
Private Island Punch in a crystal punch bowl garnished with orange slices

“The easiest way to create a punch is to base it around one bottle of hard liquor,” explains Dalton Bedard, the bar manager at Charlie Park in Tallahassee, Florida. He prepares a batch-cocktail spin on the Jungle Bird, where he taps Plantation Pineapple Rum, a richly fruity spirit that he considers one of his favorites, especially for Tiki-style drinks. The coconut water, lime juice, and simple syrup bring balance to the bitterness, while the Angostura bitters bring an unexpected brightness to round it all out.

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Serves 20

  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle Plantation Rum
  • ⅔ cup Capelletti
  • ⅔ cup Carpano Bitter liqueur
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1 ounce Angostura bitters
  • 1 lemon, sliced into wheels
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

In a punch bowl, stir together all ingredients with ice until chilled. Garnish with lemon wheels and cinnamon sticks.

  • Created by Dalton Bedard, bar manager of Charlie Park, Tallahassee

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