Planter’s Style: Coffee Love

One of my favorite things about Tiki Planter’s Punches is how easy they are to modify to the mixer’s personal taste. Here at Rated R Cocktails we love strong bold cocktails, and I am partial to coffee and mild bitterness. This week’s cocktail expresses both the strong side of Planters as well as it’s ability to take on the maker’s personality.

LintongPunch (5)

We began with simple Starbucks Sumatran Coffee made from a single cup dispenser. Now I love refined french press coffee and home ground coffee house brews. But some of these intensely bold coffees can sometimes, in my experience overwhelm a cocktail. For my current purposes this coffee works just fine and is very pleasing and accessible to the home or professional bartender. It has a nice earthy funky character, and the drink is named after the Sumatran province that grows most of Sumatra’s Arabica coffee.


To that I add come of my favorite rums. For the Dark Jamaican we chose Blackwell for it’s dark molasses flavor and subtle warming spice notes. Coruba or Appleton 12 year would also be great in this. We also gave it a kick with overproof Cruzan, and lip smacking temptation with Cruzan Blackstrap. If your missing blackstrap bitters you could use Angostura, but I encourage you to seek them out.

LintongPunch (2)

Lintong Punch

¼ oz coffee syrup

¼ oz Domaine de Canton

½ oz Sumatran Coffee

½ oz fresh lime

¼ oz pineapple juice

1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum

1 oz Curzan Blackstrap Rum

½ oz Cruzan 151

1 dash Bittercube Blackstrap Bitters


Shake with ice and pour into a chimney glass. Garnish with an orange parasol and if desired a small piece of pineapple.


To make the coffee syrup we simply make a pot of stove top espresso and while it’s hot pour it into a saucepan with an equal amount of sugar. We simmer it till it bubbles slightly stirring constantly. This is to make sure the sugar is fully dissolved. Be careful not to cook it to long or it will taste burnt and lose some of it’s delicate notes. Then simply cool and bottle it for further use.



The nose has fragrant wafts of brown sugar, molasses, and dark funky coffee. Infact the baseline flavor of this punch defines dark and funky. I love the way lime and coffee play together in drinks. It lends a light sourness and an earthy bitterness that’s lovingly smoothed and supported by the blackstrap rum. The 151 gives a nice background kick in the pants. It starts out spicy, and rummy before quickly building to a bright, earthy, coffee/citrus funk. The finish is almost nutty with light twangs of ginger and burnt molasses spice.


Those that desire abit more sweetness may use ginger syrup instead of Domaine de Canton. Or add abit of honey mix to the recipe to soften the coffee bitterness. Personally I find this quite the refreshing and revitalizing potion as is.


We hope you’ve enjoyed playing with Planters Punches this month, which has been your favorite so far? Let us know, and until next time…


You get hammered America!” – JFL


About JFL

Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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6 Responses to Planter’s Style: Coffee Love

  1. This is a dark and deadly punch indeed. Nicely done. Due to the coffee, it reminds me more of the Black Magic or Mutiny than a traditional Planters. Of course, I gave it a Mai-Kai spin over here at The Atomic Grog. I always have Kona coffee and syrup on hand, so I used that. And I went with Kohala Bay dark Jamaican rum plus Lemon Hart 151 instead of Cruzan. Lacking blackstrap bitters, I opted for a healthy splash of Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters, which gave it even more of a Black Magic influence. Okole maluna!

    For more coffee delights, check out the Black Magic and Mutiny over at

    • JFL says:

      Thanks for commenting and reading Hurricane! I always appreciate the feedback.

      I’m sorry to have missed the Hukilau this year, sadly surprise money issues made me have to put off my Mai Kai trip. Though I often think of the Krakatoa and your Black Magic Tribute when mixing Tiki Coffee Cocktails. This is on the far out level for Planter’s punches, but I think the classic planters inspired so many Tiki long drinks. So that was the inspiration for this. Plus coffee cocktails are a guilty pleasure. I’ll have to try this with my Lemon Hart here, I ended up selecting the Cruzan rums because I think the 151 from them actually has some complexity unlike Bacardi. I wish I could get my hands on some Kohala Bay though. And I need to order some Pimento Bitters. Your spin sounds delicious we’ll try it here if I can ever grab some Kohala Bay.

      Like he said check the link in our blogroll for I read it just about every day!

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