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
- Arrack Strap — Virgin Islands Rum, Batavia Arrack, Sweet vermouth, Campari, Bitters, Orange bitters, Rich demerara syrup 2:1, Orange peel
- Darkness in Brooding — Batavia Arrack, Zucca, Coffee liqueur, Orange peel, Cynar 70
- The Original Dirty Liver — Batavia Arrack, Maraschino Liqueur, Cynar, Bonal Gentiane Quina, Lime juice
- Hemingway Stripper Pole — Batavia Arrack, Aperol, Campari, Maraschino Liqueur, Lime juice
- Arrack Attack — Batavia Arrack, Ginger liqueur, Cynar, Bitters, Lime juice, Lime, Salt