Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rum Tropical Punch & A Wild Giveaway

One of the many treasured vintage cookbooks my mom has sent over the years is San Francisco à la Cart, by the Junior League of San Francisco (New York: Doubleday, 1979).

Chapter II, Beverages, is so fun! My favorite recipe is for Rum Tropical. The original recipe description warns, “Watch out for this! It is deliciously lethal.” I made some minor changes to the recipe and the drink is at least as delicious and lethal, if not more so! It’s so easy and can be made well ahead of a party. I like to garnish each drink with an all-natural maraschino cherry or two because they’re nostalgic and adorable and they taste even better after they’ve soaked in the punch. If you like, you can purchase all-natural maraschino cherries here, but check your local grocery store first. And I've made this for my kids without the booze - I'm pretty sure we called it Pirate Punch. Ahoy!

Rum Tropical Punch

My March giveaway is for this wild leopard print wine purse that showed up in my newsfeed on Facebook a few weeks ago. What a super fun and stylish way to transport a bottle of wine just about anywhere - to your fav BYOW restaurant or a picnic at the beach. It's on my wish list but it can be yours by entering the giveaway!

To enter, leave a comment in the comment section below telling me if you have a punch tradition in your family - wine, champagne or liquor based? - and what the punch means to your family. For example, my grandmother had a "fancy" alcohol-free punch she made for weddings and now I wonder if it was ever spiked on the sly. Had to have been, right? I also love eggnog "punch" around the holidays. Picture a pretty punch bowl with a block of vanilla ice cream bathing in egg nog, a dash of nutmeg and an optional splash of rum, for adults only. Holy heart stopper - small servings for that egg nog!

By commenting you confirm that you are 21 (because it is alcohol related) and, if you win, that you will claim the prize within 72 hours by contacting me at If not, you forfeit the prize and I will select another winner. The contest ends on Saturday, March 3rd and the winner will be announced on Facebook and in the comments section below. Sorry to be firm, but I don't want anyone to be disappointed!

Jenni's Wine Jell-O!
(Photo Courtesy of Jenni Field, Online Pastry Chef)
Wait, wait! There's more!!

Additionally, you can visit my friend, Jenni Field, the one-and-only Online Pastry Chef, on her blog, comment there, and be eligible for another boozy giveaway! Coincidence? Nah. We definitely planned this. Jenni made a fab Wine Jell-O Recipe for the occasion. I know you're going to LOVE it. 

Jenni's also on Facebook and Twitter.

Rum Tropical Punch
10-12 generous servings

In a large pitcher combine and whisk:
4 cups of rum (preferably a lighter rum)
3 cups pineapple juice
1 cup mango juice
1/2 cup lime syrup, cooled (recipe follows)

Lime Syrup:
In a small saucepan combine:
1/2 cup fresh lime juice, strained
1/4 cup extra fine sugar
Bring mixture to a boil, remove from heat and cool thoroughly

Refrigerate the punch for at least 48 hours.
Serve in pre-chilled, small glasses over crushed ice.

Maraschino cherries, petite lime wedges and/or fresh pineapple wedges for garnish (optional, but why not?)