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Batavia Arrack van Oosten

  • The spirit that made "Punch" famous in the late 17th-19th century
  • Made from fresh sugar cane juice and fermented red rice
  • Combines smoky fruitiness with a vegetal funk
  • Use in a classic punch with tea, lemon and sugar
  • Find recipes and more history in David Wondrich's "Punch"
  • Adds depth to cocktails; pair with sweeter fortified wines

From the late 17th to 19th century, in an age when “Punch” was a celebration of all things then exotic – citrus, sugar, and spice, no Punch was without a true Batavia Arrack. Made from fresh sugar cane juice and fermented red rice, and bottled at elevated proof without aging, Batavia Arrack van Oosten combines smoky fruitiness with a vegetal funk that soaks up tea, lemon, and sugar in the punch bowl. Beyond these uses, Batavia Arrack is also today found in boutique European chocolates and cocktails at Bali resorts and bars across the USA.

“Punch,” the book by David Wondrich about all things served from a bowl, tells the story of Batavia Arrack in London and gives several recipes for its use in classic punches. More generally, Batavia Arrack adds depth to anything it touches, whether in small amounts in combination with sweeter fortified wines (such as Byrrh or oloroso sherry), or as the base of a long drink with ginger beer or tonic. Try Batavia Arrack, tonic and a touch of Genepy for an exotic, herbal refresher.

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About Rum/Rum Liqueurs

Haus Alpenz’s suite of sugarcane distillates (Scarlet Ibis, Smith & Cross, and Batavia-Arrack van Oosten) represents a unique approach to the world of rum. All of these spirits represent the most flavorful distillates we can find from traditional rum-producing countries (Trinidad, Jamaica and Indonesia, respectively). They are all bottled at modest age (if aged at all) and elevated proof, are unchillfiltered, and have no added sugar. These principles lead to rums that are both expressive and versatile. Additionally, rum is the basis of exotically flavored liqueurs, such as allspice dram, falernum and Swedish punsch, that are essential to tropical and tiki drinks as well as a variety of classic cocktails. Full details

Recipes See all 13 recipes for this product13 recipes available at https://alpenz.com/productrecipes-batavia.html

Airmail Cocktail

Shake with ice:
1 oz Batavia Arrack van Oosten
0.5 oz demerara syrup (2:1)
0.75 oz lime juice
Strain into a coupe.
Top with 2 oz sparkling wine.
Garnish with lime wheel.

Japanese Punch

Combine in a warm mug:
1 sugar cube, to taste
0.5 oz lime juice
0.75 oz Batavia Arrack van Oosten
0.75 oz brandy
3 oz hot tea
Stir.

Raffles Cocktail

Build in a collins glass filled with ice:
1.5 oz Batavia Arrack van Oosten
3 oz ginger ale
0.75 oz lime juice

South Seas Swizzle

Swizzle in a collins glass half-filled with ice:
2 oz Batavia Arrack van Oosten
0.5 oz lime juice
0.5 oz green tea syrup (2:1)
1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters
Fill with ice.
Garnish with a mint sprig.
Garnish with ground nutmeg.

United Service Punch

Combine in a punch bowl:
227 g lemon oleo-saccharum (0.5 lb raw sugar and peel of 6 lemons)
1.5 quarts hot tea (decaffeinated and unflavored)
Stir to dissolve.
Add:
8 oz Batavia Arrack van Oosten
16 oz Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum
juice of 6 lemons
Chill and serve cold, or keep warm and serve hot.
Garnish with freshly-grated nutmeg.

SKU Vintage Region Origin Desc Cepage % Alc Size/Pack Finish BTL Barcode Cs Barcode Cs Wgt
HZ 8000NVIndonesiaIDCane Spirit50.0%750/12screwcap9024153100432902415310040215.60 kg