Relax, It’s Almost National Punch Day

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home How to Make a Mojito 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Editors’ Recommendations It’s the middle of September, so we know that a lot of you are thinking, “Oh, God! Where did the summer go? Why didn’t I make the best of the warm weather? How did the time pass so quickly? What am I doing with my life?” Well, to that we say—stop it!Look, there’s plenty of warm weather to be had in September. It’s prime tailgating season, the weather is much more pleasant than the dog days of summer, and it really does make for perfect barbecue weather. And do you know what goes well with a September barbecue? A refreshing alcoholic punch!RELATED: Sip on Diplomatico Reserva This SummerSeptember 20 is National Punch Day. We’re sure you didn’t know that, so don’t pretend. To honor the occasion, the good people at Cruzan Rum have prepared a selection of specialty recipes to try out. And Cruzan Rum knows of what they speak. They are distillers of over twenty different varieties of rum including their “Distiller’s Collection,” which is highly regarded within the rum community. We recommend trying the Single Barrel Rum.These recipes are easy to make at home. So instead of freaking out; instead of worrying about what you are doing with your life, have some friends over, barbecue and experiment with some rum punch recipes. That sounds a lot more fun, right?Cruzan® 9 PunchIngredients: 1.25 parts Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum4 parts Orange Juice1 part Cranberry JuiceMethod: Build over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.Cruzan® Weekender’s PunchIngredients:8 parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum4 parts Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum12 parts Riesling3 parts Lemonade4/5 part Lemon SyrupMethod: Combine all but Riesling in a punch bowl and refrigerate. Add Riesling at service. (Serves 8)Cruzan® Blueberry Spritz PunchIngredients:12 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum8 parts Sauvignon Blanc4 parts Soda Water3 parts Fresh Lemon Juice2 parts Simple SyrupMethod: Combine all ingredients except soda water in a pitcher. Chill in refrigerator for one hour. At service, add ice to pitcher and top with soda. Garnish with lemon peels. (serves 6)Cruzan® Strawberry Rosemary PunchIngredients: 1 bottle Cruzan® Strawberry Rum6 parts Fresh Lime Juice24 parts Ginger Ale6 Rosemary SprigsRosemary Ice Blocks (*See Additional Recipe Below)Method: To prep, pour rum into a punchbowl and add 4 sprigs of rosemary. Give it a quick stir, making sure to fully immerse the rosemary. Let the mixture sit for one hour at room temperature. After one hour, remove the sprigs of rosemary from the bowl and discard them. Next, add the lime juice to the rosemary-infused rum and chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. To serve, add rosemary ice block and ginger ale to your rum punch mixture. Serve over ice in a punch glass. Garnish with a small piece of rosemary sprig. (serves 8)*Rosemary Ice Blocks Method: Fill a couple of round plastic containers with water and a couple rosemary sprigs and put it in the freezer. When serving your punch, float the ice blocks in the punch bowl. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather last_img read more