Wednesday, December 15, 2010
At last week's Don Q party and competition at Esquire House, a highlight for me was Alex Straus's 700 Rum Punch. It is pictured above right, with his winning Berlin cocktail, above left. There were ten different cocktails on offer at the event, in addition to several generic Don Q cocktails, but it was Alex's Rum Punch that I kept coming back to. Surprisingly this drink did not win, although his other cocktail, the Berlin, did.
The 700 Rum Punch packs a wallop with four different types of rum but is very refreshing. It is the kind of cocktail you could have several of before you realize the full effects of the potent elixir. For hot days like we've had lately, a chilled rum punch is just the thing. Alex Straus was generous enough to share his recipe:
The 700 Rum Punch by Alex Straus
1 oz Don Q Rum
3/4 oz Don Q Anejo
1/2 oz Smith and Cross Jamaica Rum
1 oz Blackbeard Spiced Rum
3/4 Lime Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz St Vincent's Orgeat
Shake with ice and strain over fresh ice into a tiki mug with 1 1/2 oz ginger beer in the bottom (to allow the effervescence to push through the punch).