Monday, December 8, 2014

Budget Booze - Part II

Mother's Rum Punch

Mother's Rum Punch

When I reached legal drinking age, my parents insisted I throw a party. They told me to invite everyone I knew, and that they would even provide the booze. The night of the party, a dozen or so of my friends were just settling in to my parents' dining room when my mother brought in a large bowl of red liquid. It had lemon slices and berries floating in it, and fizzed pleasantly on the tongue.

One taste, and - despite the fact that it seemed to be alcohol free -  it was deemed delicious and the bowl was emptied in a matter of minutes.

I brought the bowl back to the kitchen where my parents were hanging out. My mother stared at the empty bowl and said very quietly:

"You know I put rum in there, right?"

My mouth dropped open, and thrusting the bowl at her, I ran to see how my guests were faring. Not surprisingly, one or two people had already passed out.

Needless to say: it's my mother who taught me how to mix drinks, and to this day, I swear by her punch recipe to oil my guests in a pinch.

Here's How You Do It
Total Prep Time: 7 minutes
Serves 6 to 10


2 or 3 Cups of Rum - use the cheapest, but safely drinkable rum you can find. I used Bacardi Superior white rum, but anything will do.

1 Can of Frozen Concentrated Fruit Punch - any punch will do.

6 Cups of Ginger Ale - Once again, the brand doesn't matter.

1 Cup of Berries - Fresh or Frozen (the latter will chill your punch without ice) Optional

1 Lemon - Sliced - Optional

Ice - Optional


1 Large Bowl or Pitcher - A heavy salad bowl will do the job, as will a mixing bowl, or you can get a pitcher at the dollar store.

1 Wooden Spoon

Measuring Cups

1 Knife and Cutting Board - if adding the lemon.

Pour the rum into your bowl or pitcher.

In the same bowl or pitcher, prep the frozen punch according to the instructions on the can.

Pour in the Ginger Ale.

Add the berries and lemon slices, if using.

Stir the whole thing with a wooden spoon and serve as is or over ice!

Next week, I'll show you how to win over beer haters with that pub classic: shandy!

So keep on reading!

-Samantha R. Gold

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