Hip Sips Cocktail of the Month: Ti Punch

It's a simple, yet tasty treat

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to simplify, take a page from the playbook at Tempest. The restaurant serves a do-it-yourself cocktail that couldn’t be easier: a tumbler of rum, lime wedges, a bowl of sugar and ice. Mix to your liking and you have Ti Punch, a classic Martinique cocktail that pairs well with Tempest’s fishy fare.

“It’s not the flashiest thing on the menu,” says bar manager Bob Hemauer. “But people who know rum are excited to find it here.”

That’s because the rum in question is rhum agricole, or “farmer’s rum,” a deceptively provincial name for a mellow, spicy liquor that’s smooth enough to sip. Taste the rum before doctoring it with lime and sugar; the one Tempest serves is aged four years in oak.

Should you require a particularly bracing beverage on New Year’s Day, do as they do in Martinique, drink your Ti Punch in the morning. And don’t add ice.

RECIPE: Ti Punch

2 oz. rhum agricole, such as Clément V.S.O.P.
3 lime wedges
Small bowl raw sugar

Fill a tumbler with ice. Add rum, lime juice, and sugar to taste; stir.

Recipe courtesy of Tempest, 120 E. Wilson St., 258-1443, tempestoyster.com.

Read our Hip Sips archives for more cocktail recipes!

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