This entry was originally published on December 14, 2006. I am reposting it today for your holiday enjoyment For other Traditional Trinidadian Christmas recipes, visit my post In Trinidad Christmas is Parang!
Punch de Creme, is another of Trinidad’s traditional Christmas drinks. It is a rum drink, basically our version of eggnog. Unlike sorrel and ginger beer it’s taken me a while to get around to posting this recipe because it’s not something that has ever been made in my house. I have really been taken by surprise by the number of searches that occur daily for this beverage! See growing up in a bi-cultural home I’m not always sure which parts of my worldview to ascribe to Trinidad or to Jamaica. To me holidays is always Ginger beer (and mom says that’s how it is in Jamaica) but ginger beer is being beaten 100 to 1 in searches by punch de creme! So to my 2-sided Trinis is this because it’s a more elusive recipe or is it because it really is that much more popular? I never thought it would out trump sorrel either!
One thing that I really like about punch de creme (as opposed to traditional eggnog) is the use of citrus flavors like lime and Angostura bitters (which has orange extract). This gives the ‘nog’ a fruity lightness that alleviates the sweet creaminess (which could easily get cloying).
Anyways, I guess I’ll be sipping on this one all by myself. Oh the horrors (Oh wait, my father is eyeing it now … yup he’s started glugging :P)
ETA: Thanks to Michelle, I’ve realized that no Punch de Creme post would be complete without a reference to the late Lord Kitchener’s classic calypso “Drink Ah Rum (and a Punch de Creme)”. Here it is!
Ponche De Creme ——————————————————————————–
Recipe By: Naparima Girl’s High School Cookbook
6 eggs 3 tins evaporated milk (15oz. low-fat) 1-1/2 tins sweetened condensed milk (14 oz ea.) 1/2 c. rum 2 teaspoons Angostura bitters grated nutmeg zest of one lime
1. Beat eggs with lime peel until light and fluffy
2. Add evaporated milk 3. Sweeten to taste with condensed milk. 4. Add bitters, grated nutmeg, and rum according to taste.
5. Strain 6. serve with crushed ice.
Spelling Variations: Ponch de Crema, Punch a Creme, Ponche de Creme
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