Fruit punch can be made with all kinds of fruit. For the best taste and freshness, it is always best – as it is when cooking food – to find ingredients for your punch that are in season and native to the area in which you live. Kwame, for example, uses delicious fresh Caribbean fruits that are native to Jamaica such as mangoes, papayas, hibiscus, tangerines, lime juice, custard apples. If you don’t have fresh fruit available, many types of frozen tropical fruit or juice can contribute to your punch bowl instead. Some of these include orange juice, cranberry juice, lime juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, and even coconut milk.
Punch can be made in all sorts of creative ways. Liquor-wise, it can be made with rum, gin, vodka, whiskey and a whole host of other bottled booze. Punch can include wine or a sparkling wine such as prosecco, and liqueurs, hard apple cider, or bitters. And you can mix and match your alcohol with various types of non-alcoholic liquids like fruit juices, teas, coffees, syrups, sparkling waters – and even milk! Here are some popular forms of punch that will help bring a festive vibe to your get-together:
Classic Holiday Punch: When you think of a cool and fizzy bowl of red holiday punch, this is likely the kind you are imagining. This classic punch usually has cranberry juice and perhaps pineapple juice along with fresh fruits like cranberries, pomegranates, and a citrusy component like limes and / or orange slices. Rum or brandy or vodka are often the liquors of choice. You can also put sparkling wine, sparkling cider, and ginger ale in it. Ice is to be added at the end – and this merriest of concoctions is to be served in a punch bowl, large pitcher, or drink dispenser.
Warm Milk Punch: An ultimate cold-weather holiday cocktail recipe is warm milk punch. This rich, sweet, and frothy beverage is made with rum and brandy (or cognac) as well as sugar and milk. One version of it is the old-fashioned Tom and Jerry Warm Milk Punch, which has been around for two centuries. Featuring cognac or brandy and dark rum, it consists of a batter combining those liquors with eggs, butter, sugar, and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and cloves. Hot milk is added to the batter. The resulting beverage is certain to make you feel better and warmer on even the most frigid of winter nights.
Champagne Punch: Often similar to a classic punch, champagne punch features a bubbly sparkling wine and a liquor like whiskey, cognac, vodka, or a fruity liqueur. Champagne punches often center around a particular fruit, such as cranberries, strawberries, pomegranates, or apricots – and ginger ale or light soda are sometimes included to enhance the drink’s fizziness.
Sangria Punch: For a Spanish spin on the punch bowl tradition, try a form of Sangria Punch. Like with other punches, you can use fresh fruits and different types of fruit juice. A Sangria Punch should feature a dry red or white wine, and you can also add rum, brandy, or vodka and a sweetener such as maple syrup or sugar. For a non-alcoholic sangria punch recipe, you can incorporate sparkling grape juice rather than wine.
Rum, which is native to the Caribbean, is one of the most popular liquors to put in your punch. When choosing a recipe, you will need to decide which type of rum to buy for your drinks. In their YesChef demonstration, Kwame and his mom go with a combination of a dark rum and light rum to make their Caribbean-inspired cocktails. The main types of rum to consider when making a Jamaican Rum Punch cocktail are various types of dark rum (which tend to be more robust); a white or clear rum, which usually looks lighter and possesses a mild flavor than dark rum; types of gold rum; and a spiced rum or flavored rum, which can be fun and festive to put in your cocktail during the holiday season.
For Caribbean-flavored cocktail recipes featuring rum, any number of juices will taste great in your glass. Among these are tropical juices such as pineapple juice and pineapple-orange juice, and citrus flavored juice like fresh lime juice, orange juice, and grapefruit juice.