Who says that rum punch has to be reserved as a summer cocktail? I myself have never been one to discriminate against liquor based on season. Sure, I go through phases when the weather is warmer or colder. That’s why I tried this warm festive version of the old summer classic.
It all started while planning my son’s 2nd birthday party for the beginning of December. Yes, it was on a Sunday afternoon. And OF COURSE, I was going to offer some sort of cocktail (only for the grown ups though, it’s our reward for surviving two year olds). I knew I wanted to do something with this delicious local rum a good friend and his buddies make, I just wasn’t sure what.
I was looking up various cocktails using rum, and kept running across the classic rum punch. Then it occurred to me that a warmer, spicier, bolder version of the classic might just be the ticket. Sure enough, you combine all the ingredients together and it’s like a warm cup of coziness. You could substitute the rum with pretty much any other liquor, or don’t add any liquor at all and make a mocktail for you non-drinkers. Plus it makes your house smell amazing!
Warm Winter Rum Punch
First, start with these ingredients:
- Apple Cider
- Cranberry Juice (I used 100% cranberry here but I would recommend a cranberry juice cocktail for a sweeter more balanced flavor. I ended up adding a little agave nectar which you wouldn’t have to do using regular cranberry juice.)
- Fresh Cranberries
- Pomegranate Seeds
- Cinnamon Stick
- Dash of Ground Clove
- Dash of Ground Nutmeg
- Dash of Ground Cinnamon
- Rum (or liquor of choice, whiskey would be great as well, or no liquor at all if you want a mocktail)
Next, warm it all up in a pot:
- Use a 2:1 ratio, 2 parts cider to 1 part cranberry juice
- Quantities will depend on how many you’re serving, but for 4 drinks use 4 cups cider and 2 cups cranberry juice
- Put a few good handfuls of cranberries and pomegranate seeds in
- Add three cinnamon sticks
- Slice the orange and squeeze it a little bit as before you put it in the pot
- Sprinkle the spices in
- Stir and bring to a simmer over medium heat
- Cook for about 10 minutes
Get your mugs ready:
- Pour a couple ounces of the liquor into the mug
Ladle and serve:
- Make sure you get a little bit of all the fruit and yumminess into the glass
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick if you want to be fancy
- Or just dole out giant mugs of the stuff with no garnish and it will still look beautiful and taste delicious
Now go day drink and enjoy!