Library Bar's Jamaican Waiting Punch

[Photograph: Rebecca Fishman]

This strong and slightly funky sipper takes its name from the Jamaican rum that forms its base and because Library Bar's Matthew Biancaniello offers it as a freebie on the weekends to keep waiting customers happy as he crafts their cocktails.

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Library Bar's Jamaican Waiting Punch

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 10 servings
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:2 hours


  • 8 lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 ½ cups Smith & Cross rum
  • 1 ½ cups Batavia Arrack
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups blood orange juice (or pomegranate juice)
  • Large block of ice
  • Sliced star fruit or dehydrated blood orange
  • Whole nutmeg for grating


  1. 1

    Zest 8 lemons and place in punch bowl with sugar. Stir and let stand 1 hour.

  2. 2

    Add rum, Batavia Arrack, lemon juice, and blood orange (or pomegranate) juice. Stir.

  3. 3

    Add large block of ice, and let sit for 30 minutes to allow flavors to coalesce.

  4. 4

    Float slices of star fruit or dehydrated blood orange for garnish.

  5. 5

    Grate nutmeg into each glass for serving.

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