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Christmas Punch – Rum and Rumless

Brrrr. . . . .it is a COLD in Kuwait. The Qatteri Cat walks around begging me to sit at the computer so he can snuggle up next to me and snooze. I wore a real sweater today, it was that cold!

And – it is time for Christmas Punch. We all love this punch; it makes your house smell wonderful, it makes your throat feel good if you have a sore throat, and cranberry juice and pineapple juice – WOW – it’s even good for you.

This is the original recipe. Try it, but now when I make it I cut the sugar in half. Sometimes I don’t even add any sugar at all. And, this being Kuwait, no rum at all, but it still tastes wonderful, warm or cold. We store the leftover punch in the refrigerator in the cranberry jars, and just microwave it when we want a glass. It is SO good, and so EASY.

Christmas Rum Punch – and Rumless

2 32 oz. jars Cranberry Juice (Can be Cran-Rasberry, or Cran Grape, or what the Sultan Center has!)
1 32 oz. can Pineapple Juice (or 1 liter Pineapple Juice in the refrigerated section at the Sultan Center)
1 cup brown sugar
12 inches cinnamon stick
3 Tablespoons whole cloves
1 orange peel

Original recipe: In 30 cup coffeemaker, put cranberry and pineapple juice in bottom, and place coffee basket with brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel in top. Perk juices through basket. When ready light comes on, add 1 quart Meyer’s Dark Rum. (Yeh, it’s a punch, you can use something else, but Meyer’s Dark Rum is SOOO good in this.)

In Kuwait – don’t add the rum!

Alternative when you don’t have a big coffee pot – Put juices into large kettle, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange peel, sugar and bring to simmer. When hot, use strainer to fish out cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peel – Do this sooner, rather than later, or the juice will get too spicy.

Add 1 quart of rum – or not! The juice is good either way, good for you, and has a very Christmas-y smell.


December 11, 2006 - Posted by | Christmas, Cooking, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Holiday, Kuwait, Recipes, Uncategorized


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  2. You keep mentioning rum, which to me implies you have some but you are too shy to admit it 😛

    Comment by Purgatory | December 11, 2006 | Reply

  3. LLOOOOOOOLL! Purg, we are told “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly” (Luke 21:34)

    Rum goes wonderfully with this punch, and I love the taste. I also love a glass of really good red wine with Italian food and French food, but . . . I obey the law here in Kuwait. I know it’s available. I don’t take that risk.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 12, 2006 | Reply

  4. OK red cheeks.

    Comment by Purgatory | December 12, 2006 | Reply

  5. (Dying laughing) Yeh, Purg, right.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 12, 2006 | Reply

  6. Sounds good

    Comment by Baby Jebus | December 20, 2006 | Reply

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