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
- Spice Road — Cognac, Jamaican rum, Batavia Arrack, Bitters, Pineapple juice, Lemon juice, Egg white, Demerara syrup, Nutmeg
- Jakarta Mai Tai — Batavia Arrack, Rhum Agricole, Curaçao, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Salt, Lime peel, Curry leaf
- Curried Away — Rye, Batavia Arrack, Ginger liqueur, Bitters, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Mint
- Golden Triangle — Light rum, Batavia Arrack, Thai Bitters, Pineapple syrup, Lime
- The Runaway — Bitters, Batavia Arrack, Rye, Orgeat, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
- Rover, Rover — Amaro, Mezcal, Batavia Arrack, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Pamplemousse Rose, Chocolate bitters, Orange cream citrate, Grapefruit peel
- Arrackiri — Batavia Arrack, Herbal liqueur, Mezcal, Lime juice, Agave syrup, Bird's eye chile tincture, Cucumber
- Sacred Monkey Forest — Batavia Arrack, Fernet Branca, Herbal liqueur, Crème de Banane, Chocolate bitters, Scotch, Demerara syrup
- Midnight to Midnight — Cardamaro, Genever, Batavia Arrack, Bénédictine, Bitters, Orange peel
- Explorer's Dream — Dry vermouth, Batavia Arrack, Mezcal, Bénédictine, Absinthe, Lemon peel