Happy National Rum Punch Day!
According to one journalist, "Rum has tended to always favor and flavor rebellion" -- which is perhaps precisely why it fails to figure into the regular cocktail menu of many drinkers. Whether or not you begrudge Captain Morgan
for some regrettable freshman year hangovers, rum makes a refreshing sip when combined into a variety of rum punch cocktails, with flavors set to please any palate.
Inspired by complex, fruity Jamaican flavors, Bobby Flay concocts a rum punch recipe
dominated by pineapple juice, lime syrup, orange juice and nutmeg. Another Caribbean rum punch recipe
follows the ingredient adage, "One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak," using a classic concoction of lime juice, simple syrup, rum, orange juice and a splash of bitters and nutmeg. Eschewing light rum for the depth and full flavor of dark rum, this boozy Puerto Rican rum punch recipe
combines lime, grenadine and rum with orange liqueur and even sparkling wine. Yet another light version
by Padma Lakshmi spikes the dark rum base with ginger and cilantro for a punchy sip.
Whatever your taste preferences, you're bound to find a rum punch recipe to tickle your tastebuds -- and with the high alcohol content of most rum punches, you may well find yourself imagining a tropical getaway... just be careful not to land yourself in deep water!
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