Apèro à la plage – sharing Ti’Punch with Friends. How to make a traditional French Caribbean Rum Cocktail that packs a punch!

Pigeon Beach at sunset, Antigua, West Indies, Caribbean
Pigeon Beach at sunset, Antigua, West Indies, Caribbean

We throw a glance towards warm waters and listen to the concerto of the waves as we wander amongst the crunching of the pure white seashells. The meeting point is Pigeon Beach, no need for reservations.

We laugh, we joke, we let go of the mooring lines of our inhibitions as our toes press deep into the sand. Looking out we watch the sea dancing along the coast of the island and further to where it meets the sky as it blazes furiously with the hues of the setting sun.

The ferocious ‘Ti punch’ of the French islands warms our throats and whets our stomachs as we toast happiness and togetherness and slowly meander home, deep in long conversations about life and love.

The view from the beach as the sun goes down, Catherine's Café Plage, Antigua, Caribbean.
The view from the beach as the sun goes down, Catherine’s Café Plage, Antigua, Caribbean.

I ask the barman at Catherine’s Café Plage to prepare the Ti’Punch for us: where better to get a French cocktail than from a French barman well-versed in the culture of these islands. In the French islands there is a name for each hour of the day that rum is prescribed from the early morning ‘décollage’ (or taking off), to the ti’ goutte (or small drop) at 11am and the ti’ punch just before lunch and again at cocktail hour as the sunsets.

The Ti'Punch from Catherine's Café Plage, Antigua
The Ti’Punch from Catherine’s Café Plage, Antigua

Don’t say that I don’t do enough research in the line of work here! Believe me it is hard to type after one of these lethal concoctions.

This is a man’s drink. Feminists be damned. Boy oh boy does it burn as it goes down.

Ti’Pnch Rum cocktail Recipe

6cl white rum

2cl sugar syrup

Lime slices

Muddle the lime with the sugar syrup and top with the rum. Traditionally it is drunk without any ice, but here it is served fresh with one cube…..phew.

Ti'Punch in Antigua at Pigeon Beach
Ti’Punch in Antigua at Pigeon Beach
Cocktails on the beach, Antigua, Caribbean
Cocktails on the beach, Antigua, Caribbean

Santé, to your health!

 

 

 


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