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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