Rum lovers, rejoice: ICYDK it’s National Rum Punch Day (we are excited, too!) In honor of this special day, we have some recommendations for a few not-to-miss Banks rum punches to sip at spots all around the country from some of the top mixologists.
“Banks has a rich history with punch since it is a style of rum born on the British ships along with English style punch, itself,” explains Stilo Pimentel, Brand Ambassador, North America for Banks rum. “Banks is one of the most layered, complex and flavorful spirits on the market, not just in the rum category. This, along with its higher proof, lends the creator an ability to be more playful with added ingredients and also help create more balance in a punch.”
Here are 3 Banks rum punches to help enjoy National Rum Punch Day.
Rum Punch Munch at Osamil Upstairs, NYC
At New York City’s Osamil Upstairs, Gelo Honrade is doing exciting things with the Rum Punch Munch. A blend of Banks 5 rum, Pandan leaves (used for color), fresh nutmeg, fashinola, dehydrated citrus and pineapples slices, it’s a serious party in your mouth. ‘The inspiration of this Rum Punch is basically is going back to my roots,” explains Osamil’s Gelo Hondrade. “Being a Filipino and using ingredients like Pandan, coconut, pineapples, fresh citrus and the Banks 5 Rum and the Rockey’s milk punch.”
For Honrade, “making this punch bowl is fun and playful. A lot of colors and tasty as well.”
5 West 31st St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001; 917-262-0292; www.osamilupstairs.com; @osamilupstairs
Mr. Banks Punch at Seven Reasons, Washington, D.C.
At Seven Reasons in Washington D.C., Josue Gonzalez’s Mr. Banks Punch is worth a visit to the Nation’s capital. Made with a creative mix of Banks 5 Islands rum, St. George Spiced Pear, Bativia Arrack, grapefruit juice, citrus Oleo Sacrum, lime juice, Q Drink Ginger Beer and water, this punch is served with precise 3 x 3 inch ice and garnished with 2 lemon wheels, 2 lime wheels,orchid and nutmeg.
“At Seven Reasons we will have a rotating punch highlighting the flavors of the season,” Gonzalez tells thirsty. “For the fall we have chosen to play with the flavors of spiced pear combined with grapefruit and ginger. Banks Rum is such a versatile rum and works lovely in punch style cocktails, our punch is a mini version that 2-3 people can share and enjoy during a meal and still be able to order other cocktails throughout their dinning experience.”
2208 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009; 202-290-2630; www.sevenreasonsdc.com; @sevenreasonsdc
Ms Clair Voyant at Matador Bar, Miami
At Miami’s Matador Room, Kip Byrne has a rum punch perfect for enjoying this delicious spirit. Made with Banks 7 rum, overproof rum, Spanish brandy, Cognac, green tea, pineapple, pink lemon, orange, milk, pink peppercorns and aromatic spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, Allspice, cardamom, coriander seed, fennel seed, anise and ginger), the Ms Clair Voyant clarified rum punch is served over a custom crystal ice ball with a beautiful purple flower frozen inside.
Byrne decided to name this magical punch Ms. Clair Voyant, A fortune telling Gypsy that has been roaming Miami Beach since the 1960’s
“I really love how the spices translate into pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon,” Byrne tells thirsty about the Banks rum used in this concoction. “After the oaky tannins coat the palate, a sort of tropical fruit basket jumps out to the foreshowing of the lemon, mango, and grapefruit. The tropical fruit cake finish of this beautiful rum has inspired me to use aromatics I chose for this elegant tropical punch.”
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140 (at The Miami Beach EDITION); 786-257-4600; www.matadorroom.com
*21+, please drink responsibly.
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