Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Rum Punch and Behind the Apron

Although I tend to favor gin for cocktails, vacations get me to venture outside my routine. A trip to Jamaica last year introduced me to the Rum Punch cocktail. I'm sure the punch part refers to the combination of fruit juices, but punch also describes the powerful rum flavor.

This drink says, "you are now officially on vacation", even if the vacation is just a weekend on your porch. It tastes almost as good as it did in Negril.

Rum Punch
Serves 2

1/2 ounce agave nectar
1/2 ounce cold water
2/3 cup mango juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 shots (3 ounces) dark rum (or possibly a smidge more)
juice from 1/2 lime
1/2 ounce grenadine
1/2 cup club soda
frozen blueberries to garnish, optional

Combine agave nectar and cold water in a shot glass and stir. Add this to a pitcher along with juices, rum, and grenadine. Stir. Add club soda. Serve over ice.

Speaking of Jamaica, this is me enjoying a gorgeous sunset in Negril.

28 Cooks is hosting Behind the Apron , encouraging bloggers to put a face to the blog names by posting a picture and saying something about yourself. I always enjoy hearing a little about bloggers I read, so here's a little about me as well.

My husband (MD for Mandolin Don), Scout, and I live in a historic neighborhood in the city of St. Louis. While a 100-year-old house comes with challenges, we do have ferocious lions guarding the mantel.

I'm new to blogging and veganism. After being a vegetarian for many years, I became vegan in January and started blogging in March. You won't find complicated recipes here, just me sharing vegan food that I like. I imagine my blog saying, "Hey there. Look at this delicious vegan food. Not scary at all, is it? Wanna try some?" I love seeing what fellow bloggers are cooking up and hearing from readers in comments.

When I'm not working as a psychologist or in my free time doing something related to food, these days I'm probably looking for some live music in town, making a list for one thing or another, and trying to convince Scout that she's not the boss of me. (Fat chance.)


  1. Hey, Lisa! I just saw the Behind the Apron post on 28 cooks about 1/2 hour ago and am so glad to come to your blog to see you participated! It's great to know a bit more about you! I'm looking forward to participating and learning more about a lot of other bloggers. Thanks for your post today!

  2. Nice to get to know you a bit better and what an awesome photo. Now I imagine you sitting there under palm trees with some rum punch!

  3. Sounds like my kind of drink. That's a great picture of you!

  4. That lion is awesome! And so are those drinks! Love rum...not such a big fan of gin though. Tastes too much like a pine tree. The Rum Punch, however, sounds like the perfect beach drink!

  5. Jennycestcake, cool! I can't wait to see the round-up.

    Mihl, I also like to imagine me sitting under palm trees! :)

    Thanks Erin! This is a pretty festive drink. Hard not to like!

    Bianca, gin is quite pine-y. The rum punch definitely seems more tropical.

  6. This is my first trip to your blog and I love it! You've got some terrific recipes I can't wait to try, too!

  7. I adore your recipes too - and thanks for telling us all about you. Nice photo of you. I raise my rum punch to you!

  8. Wow, I just discoverd your blog and I'm in love! The pictures are beautiful and your recipes sound heavenly. I'm thinking of trying your red pepper dip tonight....

  9. Shellyfish, thank you! I look forward to checking your blog out as well.

    Thanks Nikki, I'll be checking out 28 Cooks round up to get to know other bloggers too!

    VV, thanks so much! I'll be heading your way to check out your blog too!

  10. I just posted a gin recipe! It's my favorite liquor, even though my dad insists it's only for drunks. (And his point is ...?)

    The rum punch sounds great. I'll have to write a little post this weekend for Behind the Apron.

    Also, we became vegan at the same time! We're vegan twins.

  11. The Rum Punch looks so good!! I am trying to figure out what I need to make some right now.

  12. Maggie, sounds like we're vegan twins who share a taste for gin! I look forward to your Behind the Apron post.

    ladyliriel, hope you enjoy it!

  13. So if I try this rum punch... will it be like being on vacation? because I seriously need some high quality vacation time... I'll try (and if it doesn't work, I'll add more rum ;-) )

  14. absoltely no disrespect intended, but my wife and i went to ocho rios early this year. while the bars did serve this version of rum punch, i was advised by a jamacian friend and co-worker that it would not be authentic.

    we made some friends with a few guys that worked at the resort and one of the men brought in a 1/2 gallon milk the next day.

    its contents were conquering lion overproof white rum(sub. wray and nephews here in the states) twice as much strayberry syrup, 1/16 part sugar and water to consistancy.

    that is a traditional drink that even the children partake during funerals, marriages and the other various ceremonies.

    also, that is where the term punch plays in. it is served in massive (sometimes rusted) bowls.

    the information i have came from a an they call "highly", as in "highly blessed". the most generous man i have ever met. with 4 children and a handful of grand-children, he still climbed the tallest tree so that my wife and i could drink coconut water and purify ourselves.

  15. my apologies...

    second paragraph should read:

    we made some friends with a few guys that worked at the resort, and one of the men brought in a 1/2 gallon milk *jug* the next day.

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