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 a hot Caribbean day, this drink is both filling and very refreshing.
3 lbs carrots
6 cups water
1 can condensed milk (sweetened)
1/4 teaspoon finely grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the list of ingredients to ensure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs.
Wash and peel the carrots. I find that peeling the carrots with a peeler causes a lot of wastage, so I scrape the side of it with my knife under cool water. This way only a thin layer is removed. Then you have the option of either cutting each carrot into small pieces and using a food processor or blender to puree everything. Or you can certainly go old-school as our dad would and use a box grater.
In two batches I placed half the carrots and half the water into my food processor and had it go on high for a few minutes, until you have pureed pulp. Empty into a large bowl and do the other batch.
It’s now time for some manual labor. Strain the pulp/liquid into another bowl (use a fine strainer or cheese cloth), then squeeze the remaining pulp to get every drop of juice out. If you use a cheese cloth you’ll find that you can wring out a lot more juice than if it’s just your hands. Give the remaining juice another strain to remove any remaining pulp.
It’s now time to spice things up and sweeten the punch as it’s traditionally done. Whisk in the cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, then pour in the sweetened condensed milk. Start off with 1/2 a can and add more as needed. I used the entire can! Whisk well, chill and serve.
There’s enough carrot punch here for about 8 people and if you’re impatient like me and can’t wait for it to chill in the fridge, you can drop in a few cubes of ice and enjoy! You can also add a few shots of rum to the mix, if you want to serve as a sort of cocktail to the grown folks.