The origin of Christmas punch goes back to ancient Persian villagers who consumed a very similar beverage to the “Panch” consisting of rum, water, sugar and herbs, then this custom passed to Europe where the drinks name was changed to “Punch”.
Christmas punch may vary based where in the world it is prepared: for example, Mexican Christmas punch is a drink made on the basis of tecojotes, apples, guava, raisins, cinnamon, water and tamarind.
Its preparation is simple and involves placing all ingredients in a pot and let boil, then simmer a few minutes and stop to let it rest.
In these pre-Christmas days, while you wait for your Christmas Gifts, we show how to make different types of traditional Christmas Punch:
The traditional Christmas milk punch is a drink that is served hot and is a delight at meetings and parties:
Christmas Milk Punch
Whisk in a bowl the hot milk, egg yolks and honey, sprinkle the edges of the glasses with grenadine and sugar and serve. Decorate with mint leaves and sprinkle a little cinnamon to taste.
Another kind of Christmas punch that has earned a place among the habits in December and which it’s served cold, is the rum and cacao Punch.
Rum and cocoa punch
- 10 eggs
- 5 tablespoons of cocoa butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup rum
- 3 cups of powdered milk
- Cinnamon powder
For the preparation of cocoa and rum punch, place all ingredients except cinnamon in a blender and mix, then save the glass in the refrigerator and serve the drink in a glass sprinkled with a little cinnamon to taste.
Finally, there is a typical Venezuelan cream punch very suitable for these dates, based upon condensed milk which in some regions is served cold in this season, as its name says it is very creamy:
Venezuelan cream Punch
- 1 can condensed milk
- 5 egg yolks
- ¼ cup rum
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
It consists of blending egg yolks for 5 minutes, then add the condensed milk, rum and vanilla and blend for another 5 minutes. For storage place it in glass bottles and saved in the refrigerator. You could drink it already, but it is better cold and if you keep it refrigerated and macerate for 3 days.
If you’ve never prepared Christmas punch, why not trying this year? But if you prefer wine, we will show you a pair of wines that also must be at your table for Christmas:
Vina Salceda is a must, and even more at Christmas!
Ok, It is not an everyday wine. But if not for Christmas when then?