Majority Holder’s Punch.

The name of this punch comes from Sid Sackson’s classic game Acquire. In the game, when two hotel chains are merged by placement of a connecting tile, the majority share holder of the liquidated hotel receives a bonus based on the number of tiles on the board before the merger. The Majority Holder’s Bonus is a primary means of securing enough cash to ultimately win the game.

I created this for a Memorial Day weekend board game party. The challenge I gave myself was to come up with a punch that (a) isn’t overwhelmingly potent (since strategy-based board games are the most fun when you have at least some of your wits still about you) and (b) only uses one kind of rum. And the rum I wanted to use? Plantation Stiggin’s Fancy Dark Pineapple Rum, quite simply one of the most luscious and complex rums I’ve ever tasted. In other words, perfect for punch.

Majority Holder’s Punch
yield: 1 gallon

40 oz. Stiggin’s Fancy Dark Pineapple Rum
12 oz. lime juice
4 oz. cinnamon syrup
4 oz. vanilla syrup
48 oz. (6 cups) sparkling mineral water or club soda
16 oz. (2 cups) orange juice
16 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters
2 teaspoons Herbsaint

Combine ingredients in a pitcher, stir well, and serve over ice in tumblers. Garnish with mint sprigs.

And here’s the recipe scaled down to single serving size:

2.5 oz. Stiggin’s Fancy Dark Pineapple Rum
.75 oz. lime juice
.25 oz. cinnamon syrup
.25 oz. vanilla syrup
3 oz. sparkling water
1 oz. orange juice
dash of Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters
1/8 teaspoon Herbsaint

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3 things about Delmer Daves’ A SUMMER PLACE

A Summer Place [1959]

1. She returns from being rescued to discover that her mother has hired a physician to inspect her body and confirm the state of her virginity.
2. An all-plastic Christmas tree. “The tree should last at least ten years.”
3. A simple little beach cottage. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

This movie is everything.

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3 things about Bent Hamer’s FACTOTUM

Factotum [2005]

1. “The big trick with that car was how to turn on the headlights.”
2. A wall painting which depicts an iguana mariachi band.
3. He pukes, then slams a beer as if his life depended on it.

Awfully bleak, but not without humor. Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor are both fantastic.

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3 things about Sam Mendes’ SPECTRE

Spectre [2015]

1. 009’s taste in music.
2. “Do me a favor, will you? Throw that down the toilet. Cut out the middleman.”
3. He sits down and picks cat hair off his jacket.

3 other things.

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3 things about Henry Levin’s JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

Journey to the Center of the Earth [1959]

1. Morse code duck.
2. Shirtless Hans.
3. Red lizard, red lava.

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3 things about Kurt Neumann’s THE FLY

The Fly [1958]

1. “Where’s she gone?”
“Into space? A stream of cat atoms.”
2. A clear plastic evidence pouch, containing a dead fly.
3. He bends over her unconscious body, as if to kiss her.

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3 things about Ben Wheatley’s HIGH-RISE

High-Rise [2015]

1. The group humiliates him and walks away. Between his lips he inserts a bent cigarette.
2. Slow pan of progressively rotting fruit.
3. “I was talking to the building.”

An exquisitely nasty distillation of J. G. Ballard and his obsessions. It’s boldly impressionist; narrative is not its top priority. That’s refreshing and disorienting and refreshingly disorienting. Riveting production design and atmosphere. It was a brilliant choice to set it in the 1970s. Somehow gives it a Lindsay Anderson feel. The outside world feels so clean and orderly when you leave the theater. Perfect cast. Portishead’s cover of “S.O.S.” is doubleplusgood.

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