Guinness Punch

In honour of St.Patrick’s day, I decided to whip up this lovely drink.  Guinness punch is a Trini favourite.  Particularly for the fellas! Supposedly it “strengthens the back” and is much touted for its ability (mythical, in my view) to enhance a man’s prowess in the bedroom.  I can’t attest to that but it sure is quite tasty.

What to use

1 bottle of ice cold Guinness

1/2 cup cold milk

1/2 tin of sweetened condensed milk

generous pinch of cinnamon

generous pinch of nutmeg

dash of Angostura bitters

1/4 tsp of cocoa powder

What to do

Combine all the ingredients in a chilled bowl and whisk together and serve. Enjoy!

 

If you purchase this from a Trini punchman, you will most likely have the option to top it off with some wheatgerm, bran and even glucose.   Some punch vendors even add a whole egg to pack a little punch of protein in there.

I think it would be quite tasty with an addition of a dollop of vanilla ice-cream for a creamier, thicker texture.

After I made this, I decided to google alternative recipes and stumbled upon this visual recipe by a Trinidadian architect, Vernelle Noel.  How super cool is this?

Visual recipe by Vernelle Noel

Cocktail time – Hugo

Last summer,  I spent some time traveling around Europe.  Needless to say, I drank a lot of wine!  While in Italy, I also tried a lovely aperitif called Hugo. It was so delicious and refreshing I ordered it before every meal.  I loved it so much I asked one of the waiters to give me the recipe.  The secret ingredient was elderflower syrup.

When I returned home from vacation I just knew I had to recreate it.   Well, I couldn’t find elderflower syrup anywhere!   Served me right for not bringing back a few bottles with me.  A trip to the wine store, steered me in the right direction when the sales guy suggested Elderflower Cordial which was available at the local supermarket.  Turns out this worked just as well!

 

What to use

Prosecco (or sparkling Italian white wine)

Sparkling water

Elderflower Cordial

Mint

Ice

What to do

Add a few cubes of ice to a large wine glass.  Add 4 ozs of sparkling water, 2 ozs of elderflower cordial and 2 ozs of prosecco.  Stir.  Add fresh mint leaves. Cheers!

Feel free to swap out the prosecco with champagne. You can also play around the measurements to suit your tastes.

The elderflower cordial works well just mixed with sparkling water and mint. Or you could try it with tonic, club soda or even gin!

 

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