This drink harkens back to the days of the British ruling the world and sailing about it I imagine in powdered wigs. Ships from India would pacify their crew with punches made of spiced tea, and alot of booze and ice. Thanks to all the citrus it helped prevent mutiny and scurvy.
So what WAS the booze? Batavia Arrack. From the southeastern Asian isles of Indonesia and Java most likely procured via British piracy from the dutch. this Sugar cane based Rum like spirit is made from Javan Molasses and red rice. This gives it a very earthy almost rubbery flavor. This is certain to please jaded palates but if you DON’T have access to Van Oosten Batavia Arrack I Recommend 10 cane Rum as a substitute. If your thirsty to find some pirate pliant I suggest a trip to Atlanta be in your future for my fellow Alabamians.
This cocktail was named for the East India company because of it’s spicy notes and Batavia Arrack.
Shake and Strain into a Chilled Cocktail Glass.
Hopefully you’ll shake up this spicy, sweet treat this week. Until next time, You get hammered America!