Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fun Beverages With a Caribbean Flare

These are some of my favorite punches and juices. I will continue to add recipes on this thread, so check back often.  To get started, hail to the black gold and green...RUM punch, a Jamaican favorite.

Jamaican Rum Punch

500ml (3/4 Bottle) Jamaican White Rum
750 ml  Pineapple Juice
750 ml  Fruit Punch
3 Tsp of Angostura Bitters
1/4 Cup Lime Juice

Pour contents in a large jug, stir and refrigerate.Serve chill

(Irish) Potato Punch

1lb Potato
2 Cups of Milk
1/2 Cup Condensed Milk
1 Tbsp of Rum

Boil potatoes until they are tender. Drain half of the water and empty contents in a blender, add milk and puree until potato has dissolved. Sweeten and flavor with condensed milk, sugar to taste, rum, vanilla and nutmeg. Chill and serve.

Jamaican Style Carrot Juice

1lb Carrot
2 Cup of Milk
1/2 Cup of Condensed Milk

Boil carrots until tender. Let cool (do not drain). Transfer to your blender, add milk and blend until carrots have completely dissolved. Sweeten with condense milk, sugar to taste, vanilla and nutmeg. This is a preferred drink to accompany your Sunday dinner.

This recipe was one of my favorites with Sunday dinners. Some of my friends, not so much, they prefer to get the nutrients instead of having them destroyed in the boiling of the carrots. This taste better to me, so I am sacrificing the nutrients here and I will seek them from the solid portion of my meal. If you want to get the full nutrients however, see the recipe below.

Carrot and Beet Root Juice

1lb Carrot
2 Beets
3 Cups of Water
1 Tin of Condensed Milk
2 Tsp Vanilla
1Tsp Nutmeg (optional)
1 Tsp Almond Flavor

Wash and cut carrots and beets into small cubes. Add to blender with water and puree until the vegetables have completely shredded. Strain into a jug and sweeten with condensed milk, vanilla, nutmeg and almond flavor. Refrigerate and enjoy with a yummy dish.

Papaya, Mango and Orange Punch

1 Lg Ripe Papaya
1 Lg Ripe Mango
2 Cups of Orange Juice
2 Cups of Water
Juice of 1 Lime
Sugar to taste

Gotta have my mango. Dice mango, and papaya and add to blender with orange juice, lime juice and water and blend until the fruits have completed dissolved. Pour contents into a jug and sweeten to taste. Refrigerate and serve chilled. Yum :)

Pineapple Ginger Zinger

2 Cups of Fresh Pineapple chunks
3 Cups of Water
1/3 Cup of Fresh Ginger Sliced
1 Lime or Lemon Juice
Sprite or Ginger Ale ( optional)

Blend pineapple water and ginger until the chunks have Liquified. Pour through a strainer into a large jug, add lime/lemon juice and sweeten to taste. Top off with some soda for a nice little fizz (optional). Refrigerate and enjoy chilled.

Pumpkin Punch

My mom used to make this at least once a month. It is so rich and creamy and easy to make.Since the country is in a pumpkin frenzy, I think it is a good time to share this one.

1 Small Pumpkin (scale if you wish to make a bigger batch)
4 Cups Almond Milk ( sweetened vanilla)
Sweetened  Condensed Milk
1/2 Bottle Guinness or Any Dark Full Bodied Stout
Grated Nutmeg


Boil Pumpkin in salt and water. When tender, remove from heat and let cool. Blend with water, almond milk and Guinness. Sweeten to taste with condensed milk and flavor with nutmeg and vanilla.