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The Drinks Report: Rum Punch

The Drinks Report: Rum Punch

I swear when I started the drinks report I envisioned it being about tea and smoothies, but it seems to have taken a turn to the alcoholic.

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Punch is one of my favourite things – take all the drinks leftover from house parties, anything gross that you want to get rid of, some fruit and some ice, et voila – a delicious (and only slightly lethal) treat! For Caribbean supper club last weekend we made a rum punch. In all honesty it was an ever-changing beast but in the end we reached something delicious which I would definitely recommend if you’re looking to make a party in a jug.

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We started with rum (obviously – Sailor Jerry’s is a good spiced option but I’m keen to try Kraken Rum soon and we had a bottle of Navy’s for the non-spice lovers) and a tin of mango pulp (you can usually buy these from world food shops or large supermarkets). We threw in pineapple and coconut  juice (you could go with malibu for the coconut but we went for a dark rum instead), lots of mint leaves and ginger beer. The fizz combats the sweet syrup of the mango, but you can play with your quantities to get the right mix for you and your friends!

To make this week a little more healthy than the weekend, I’ve also been drinking all of the vitasoy (you can grab this in Asian supermarkets and it’s too delicious for words). I just need to resist the urge to make it into punch.

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What delicious things have you been drinking this week?

The Food Report: Caribbean Supper Club

The Food Report: Caribbean Supper Club

I really love creating new traditions. My friends and I can sometimes be a bit stuck in our ways when it comes to our little rituals and places to go, but we’re still always looking for new things to add to the list. When Olivia returned from Thailand last summer she wanted to cook us all Thai food. An afternoon in the pub and a few pints later, our supper club was born. The idea was simple – pick a theme, pick a date, everyone brings a dish or two and then we eat it all! Nom Nom Club was born.

So far we’ve had curry, Mexican, Japanese food complete with sushi, American diner, Alpine dining, Christmas nibbles and Chinese. This weekend, we headed to Stafford for a Caribbean edition.

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We had goat curry, prawns, jerk chicken, rice and peas, sweet potatoes, slaw, and mango salsa – all washed down with a Red Stripe and rum punch. Nicole made an incredible upside down pineapple and coconut cake for pudding.

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We all agreed that Caribbean supper club was our best ever Nom Nom – delicious food on a beautiful day, everything was ready at the same time (we’ve been known to forgo a sit-down meal in favour of grabbing things out of pans in the past), and no excessive leftovers!

We played Articulate and Cards against Humanity late into the night, and a good time was had by all!

Have you ever been in a supper club? Do you like to hold dinner parties?

I’ll pop the rum punch recipe (it was constantly changing really) in the drinks report on Thursday.