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Sorrel Cranberry Rum Punch Recipe.

Sorrel Cranberry Rum Punch Recipe.

Bring drinks! The holiday season in the Caribbean is all about music, food, family and drinks. Not in that order but you get the picture - fun and merriment! As a kid I looked forward to a chilled glass of sorrel, made from the fresh harvested petals of the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant which we usually had planted in our kitchen garden. Living in North America means that sourcing fresh sorrel is almost impossible and when you can, it's insanely expensive. However we're very lucky in Southern Ontario to have well stocked stores with the dried sorrel petals. Personally I much prefer using the dried stuff now.

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Refreshing Tamarind Juice.

Refreshing Tamarind Juice.

As a child of the Caribbean, fruit juices was my thing. We always had a jug of passion fruit, sour sop, barbadine, freshly squeezed orange or other citrus fruit juices in our fridge. Since I don’t do the sugar thing any longer…but oh how I crave those juices I grew up on. I still have a weakness […]

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Classic Caribbean Banana Punch (banana smoothie).

Classic Caribbean Banana Punch (banana smoothie).

What’s a month of grilling without a refreshing dessert in a glass? There’s no better way to start (or finish) the day on those hot summer days, than a refreshing glass of banana punch. I guess for most people outside the Caribbean this would be called a ‘shake’ or smoothie, but as with all thick […]

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Traditional Caribbean Sorrel Drink.

Traditional Caribbean Sorrel Drink.

If there’s one drink in the Caribbean which screams “Christmas” it would definitely have to be sorrel. From Trinidad and Tobago in the south (include Guyana in mainland South America) to Jamaica in the north, as you make you way up the island chain… islanders all appreciate a cold glass of sorrel on those hot […]

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A Non Traditional Caribbean Ginger Beer.

A Non Traditional Caribbean Ginger Beer.

Give the kids some orange juice and let’s make some big-people ginger beer. Spiked with rum and balanced with the juice of freshly squeezed limes, this is NOT your grandmas ginger beer recipe. I took ah-borrow of my dad’s ginger beer recipe (which is very traditional), but you know I had to add my own […]

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Big People Lemonade?

Big People Lemonade?

Give the kids some chocolate milk and let’s proceed to make a drink for the grown! Our family home like so many in the Caribbean was surrounded by citrus trees… oranges, grapefruit, shaddock, limes and lemons. Basically we were never out of freshly made juice with our meals and on those scorching Caribbean days when […]

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Extreme Caribbean Peanut Punch Recipe.

Extreme Caribbean Peanut Punch Recipe.

I don’t have to remind you that if you or anyone sharing this drink is allergic to peanuts, stay away at all costs. Peanut punch or peanut drink as it’s sometimes called in the Caribbean, is a rich and creamy drink made with peanuts as the base as the name would hint. Traditionally it’s made […]

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How To Make Caribbean Style Carrot Punch (juice).

How To Make Caribbean Style Carrot Punch (juice).

Carrot punch or carrot juice as it’s also called in the Caribbean is one of those rich and creamy drinks you’ll find being made throughout the region. Recipes may differ, but the base ingredient of freshly grated (or food processor as in my case) carrots is constant. Chilled with a few cubes of ice on […]

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Guinness Punch.

Guinness Punch.

This is one of those “big people” drinks we enjoy in the Caribbean and it’s rumored to give you extra energy and vitality  in the bedroom. I’m sure as you make your way up and down the Caribbean islands you’ll find variations to this Guinness punch recipe, so use this one as a base and […]

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The Ultimate Caribbean Rum Punch.

The Ultimate Caribbean Rum Punch.

When most people think about the Caribbean (if you’ve never lived on the islands) one of the things which comes to mind is sipping on a cold glass of rum punch, decorated with slices of fresh fruit while sitting taking in the rays on white sandy beach (or a swim-up bar at an all-inclusive resort). […]

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