Did you know that September 20th is National Rum Punch Day?
As a woman of Caribbean descent it is only right that I acknowledge it. Most people know that rum is often my go to spirit, which makes sense because of my Trinidadian parentage. (Fun fact: Trinidad & Tobago is the home of Angostura, the makers of bitters, which is found in almost any bar, and rum.)
Today, I'd like to share with you some of my favorite rum punches, not including the random & impromptu concoctions that I make and enjoy at home.
I have to say that I love the Coconut Rum Punch at Negril Village in NYC because it caught me surprise. Confession: I don't always love all things coconut (mainly coconut pieces), and because of that I was a bit hesitant to try it. But...I am SO happy I did. Not only does this cocktail go down smoothly, but it also packs a serious punch (pun not intended, but I'll let it happen). When I started "feeling it" I looked down at my glass that looked like it was only missing a few sips and was immediately concerned about the feat of finishing it (and I honestly don't remember if I did or not). Served alongside the sampler plate that was oozing with delicious flavors and reggae tunes and friendly staff giving all the island vibes, I was definitely indulging in my happy place. I will also add that there's a dance floor downstairs where they often host parties reminiscent of this.
(Note: You can find the recipe on 87 Magazine by clicking the image.)
Even though this is a day acknowledged in the U.S., I have to mention the Goombay Smash I had in the Bahamas on the Abaco islands. Another sneaker creeper, this one definitely took us to a happy place and was the perfect cheers to a pretty epic vacation (I'll be sure to share more that another time).
I'd love to know. Where do you indulge in your favorite rum punches? What's in them?