Batavia Arrack is a type of rum distilled in Indonesia from sugar cane and a small portion of local red rice which is used to start fermentation. It is pot-distilled, and is strongly aromatic, with a buttery, musky aroma.

Batavia Arrack was popularized in Sweden in the mid-18th century as the Swedish East India Company developed a trade route between Indonesia and Sweden. Batavia Arrack is used to make punsch, a warming drink with added sugar and flavorings. 

Punsch was also popular in America pre-Prohibition, but like many types of alcohol, was lost, and is only now being imported into the United States by Haus Alpenz under the van Oosten brand. Many punch recipes from Jerry Thomas called for Batavia Arrack as an ingredient.

Some popular cocktails containing Batavia Arrack

  • Jakarta Mai Tai — Batavia Arrack, Rhum Agricole, Curaçao, Curry leaf, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Salt, Lime peel
  • Curried Away — Rye, Batavia Arrack, Ginger liqueur, Bitters, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Mint
  • Spice Road — Cognac, Jamaican rum, Batavia Arrack, Bitters, Pineapple juice, Lemon juice, Egg white, Demerara syrup, Nutmeg
  • Arrackiri — Batavia Arrack, Herbal liqueur, Mezcal, Lime juice, Agave syrup, Bird's eye chile tincture, Cucumber
  • The Runaway — Bitters, Batavia Arrack, Rye, Orgeat, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
  • Explorer's Dream — Dry vermouth, Batavia Arrack, Mezcal, Bénédictine, Absinthe, Lemon peel
  • Swamp Water Fix — Herbal liqueur, Batavia Arrack, Celery bitters, Lime juice, Pineapple syrup, Pineapple juice
  • Batavia Arrack Flip — Batavia Arrack, Cynar, Bitters, Orange bitters, Whole egg, Cream, Brown sugar coffee syrup
  • Privateer — Batavia Arrack, Falernum, Jamaican rum, Aromatized wine, Orange bitters, Lime juice, Nutmeg
  • Shattered Glasser — Reposado Tequila, Sweet vermouth, Batavia Arrack, Mezcal, Allspice Dram, Bénédictine, Bitters, Cherry
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