"My dad was a bartender for 30 years; he doesn't partake himself but makes a mean drink," says Paul Carmichael. "Around Christmastime he would always make Rum Punch for our neighbours - jugs and jugs of the stuff. When I was old enough he taught me how to make it and in Barbados the recipe is in the form of a poem. Make sure to use nice dark Bajan rum here; the spice referred to is nutmeg. So if you like a poetic drink, this is the one for you."
One of sour, two of sweet
Three of strong and four of weak
A dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice
Serve well chilled with plenty of ice