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Super Bowl Refreshments: Sparkling Pineapple Guava and Calvados Punch

Guava and pineapple

 

Punch. Punch can be a very useful contribution to a party, particularly one you are giving. It’s an easy way to supply beverages to your guests with modest labor. After all, when the guests are an hour away, who wants to be worrying about ice, a missing bottle of rum , or how many lemons and limes still need to be squeezed.

The grand thing about this punch is the flavor combination: pineapple is paired with guava and Calvados. The chances are, you haven’t tried this before. The chances are, you will again.

 

Sparkling Pineapple Guava and Calvados Punch

Yield: Serves 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup guava nectar
  • 1 3-pound ripe pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 quarts cold pineapple juice
  • Two 750-ml bottles cold brut sparkling wine
  • ¾ cup Calvados or Cognac

Preparation:

Pour the guava nectar into an 8-inch metal ring mold. The nectar should cover the bottom of the mold. Freeze until firm, about 25 minutes. Put the pineapple chunks and honey in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the pineapple puree over the frozen guava nectar. Cover and freeze until solid, at least 2 hours.

In a large punch bowl, combine the pineapple juice, sparking wine and Calvados. Warm the bottom of the mold under hot water to thoroughly loose the pineapple ice. Invert the ring onto a sheet pan, than carefully lower it into the punch. Guava side up. Ladle the punch into glasses and serve.

The pineapple guava ring can be frozen for up to 3 days.

Source: myrecipes.com

 

Brian’s Halloween Brew

 

UPDATE: As of October 30, 2012. I did make this punch and my daughter-in-law had an immediate comment: “Too kiddie like.” She was not happy. I added 2 more cups of Triple Sec. After that she was laughing and I never heard another negative word.

My previous post, for a Candy Corn Drink, for a Halloween party was a bit of a joke. It was so surreal, that I could not resist.

However, the fact is, I do have a Halloween party tomorrow and I am responsible for the punch. So here is a recipe for a Halloween punch that is very handy. As in, it contains frozen hands. The picture above is from bhg.com where I found the basic recipe. I’ll update the picture tomorrow when our own frozen hand is available for closeups.

This is a fruit punch that I am jacking up with booze for the adults tomorrow night. It’s called Ghoul’s Punch on the bhg.com website and you recover the original my just not adding the sparkling wine and triple sec.

The recipe here is infinitely variable. Beside booze, you can add juices other than or in addition to pinepapple. Instead of just frozen lemonade concentrate, you can do limeade or one of those fruit combinations things that will have multiple flavors. I have never made one of those to drink directly, but they were made for doing punches. You can top this off with some sherbet to add color, flavor, and coolness. Here, of course, we will be adding frozen hands made of cranberry juice [actually I used cranberry pomegranate and there's another way you can vary the ingredients to get great flavor].

Ah, one last worry. What if I don’t make enough punch and I start to run low? Well, I just monitor the amount left and have a spare can of pineapple juice and frozen concentrate on hand.

 

Brian’s Halloween Brew Complete with Frozen Floating Hand

Yield: about 200 ounces, enough for 20 large drinks

Ingredients:

  • 2 48-ounce cans of pineapple juice [the big cans]
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 cups triple sec
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine [not the cheap, cheap stuff but nothing over $10/bottle]
  • 12 orange or [better] blood orange slices
  • 2 frozen hands [recipe follows]

Preparation: 

In a punch bowl, add all the liquid ingredients. Stir to mix. Taste and adjust the flavor to taste. You may want a little more sweetness: stir in some superfine sugar 1/4 cup at a time. You may want more of an alcohol hit: stir in more triple sec 1/4 cup at a time. You may want a more complex alcohol flavor: consider adding or substituting white run or brandy.

Garnish with the orange slices and the frozen hands.

 

Cranberry Frozen Hands

Yield: 2 hands

Ingredients:

  • 2 rubber gloves
  • 4 cups of cranberry juice [or cranberry combination juice like cranberry pomegranate]
  • 2 feet of thin fishing line

Preparation:

Blow on each glove to loose the latex. One at time, fill each glove with 2 cups of cranberry juice. Tie off each glove with fishing line. [The bgh.com recipe says to use a rubber band, but that's destined for leakage].

Put the glove in the freezer and freeze overnight. Just before punch time, take the hands out of the freezer. Cut and peel away the glove, and place the cranberry hand in the punch bowl. As they melt, the hands will add additional flavor.

Oh, accidents happen. If when you are peeling off a rubber glove you damage one of the fingers and it falls off, simply toss it into the punch bowl. People will understand.

Optionally, you can use edible paint to add a wedding ring or fingernail polish to the hands.

Source: inspired by Ghoul’s Punch at bhg.com