‘Ti Punch, short for petit punch and best pronounced “tee paunch”, is the boisson préférée en Martinique. I’d never heard of it before this adventure. Superman, a bit more experienced, jumped right into the island vibe and enjoyed one on the Air Caraibes flight over.
I had hoped to get to one of the rhum distilleries yesterday and learn about the process of making rhum from sugar cane, but oh la vache, our gas tank is still presque à sec, so we are only making short trips here and there, hoping we will have enough gas to make it to the airport.
Even though I’m not a hard alcohol enthusiast, I have come around to enjoying this punch over the last few weeks. It’s a simple and casual drink and it goes down smoothly.
‘Ti Punch is a combination of rhum, lime juice and cane sugar, all of which can be found freshly grown/made in this tiny island paradise. What I like about this easygoing drink is that en famille it is served déconstruit/deconstructed. Meaning, the rhum, limes and sirop de canne or sugar are put on the table and each person mixes their own drink to suit their tastes.
As my dad used to say: “choose your poison”, or as I heard this week: chacun prepare sa propre mort (each prepares their own death).
Here is a simple recipe to get you started:
2 fingers of Rhum Agricole
½-1 small Keylime, juiced
1-2 tsp cane sugar or cane syrup
Serve over ice and stir with a bois lélé (swizzle stick). Usually served as an aperitif—or, en Martinique, when the spirit moves you. Try spicing up the syrup with a bit of cinnamon or allspice to make it more festive.
An nou pran on lagout : Let’s have a glass of rum; créole
aperitif: before dinner drink
bois lélé: swizzle stick, créole
boisson préférée en Martinique: preferred drink in Martinique.
chacun prepare sa propre mort: each prepares their own death
en famille: with family (at a family get together)
oh la vache: holy cow
presque à sec: almost empty (as in the gas tank); literally, almost dry
rhum agricole: rum made from freshly-squeezed sugar cane juice and then distilled
sèk-sèk : a small glass of pure rum, créole.
Shrubb; rum made with marinated orange or tangerine rinds, served at Christmas
sirop de canne: cane syrup
un planteur: fruit juice and rum