The Ti'Punch (or Créole Ti Punch) is a rum-based mixed drink that is especially popular in
Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guyana, and other French-speaking Caribbeanstates. It is usually served as an "apéritif" before starting a meal, both as a matter of tradition and because the drink itself is strongly alcoholic. A popular tradition is that of "chacun prépare sa propre mort" (roughly, each prepares his own death), where instead of serving the mixed drink, the bartender or host will simply place out the ingredients, and everyone will prepare the drink according to his or her own taste. Opinions differ as to whether it should be served with or without ice, but most agree that the "real" ti'punch should be served without ice. However, adding a small amount of ice allows the flavours of the ingredients to blossom.
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