Alright! Let’s get this year’s St. Patrick’s Day recipe party started. And I’ve got just the thing to get it going – Guinness Punch! Coming to you straight from Jamaica, this creamy cocktail is absolutely perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! Now I realize right about now you might be thinking, “Uhh, what does Jamaica have to do with St. Patrick’s Day?” Well, let me tell you. I turns out that 25% of Jamaican citizens claim Irish ancestry. Irish emigration to Jamaica started in the early 17th century with sailors and merchants. It picked up significantly after England took Jamaica from the Spanish and needed to populate their new colony. Large numbers of the Irish were transported unwillingly as slaves and indentured servants under Oliver Cromwell. Today, folks of Irish ancestry make up the 2nd largest ethnic group in Jamaica after Jamaicans of African ancestry.
Guinness Punch in Jamaica is often made with Supligen, which is a milk based nutritional drink. I have substituted whole milk. Easy to make, you can whip up several batches and have them chilling in the fridge before your guests arrive. I must admit, I was a bit skeptical of this tipple when I came across the recipe, but after tasting it, I am a complete convert. This Guinness Punch is amazing! I love the sweet creamy milk pared with just a hint of bitter from the Guinness. I am particularly looking forward to warmer weather (that might be the only time you will ever hear me say that) because you can swap out the milk for some vanilla ice cream or wait….maybe a scoop of chocolate ice cream….or even coffee ice cream!!! That is going to be one off the hook milkshake! Folks at your St. Patrick’s Day festivities will not be able to get enough of this delicious, creamy and silky smooth cocktail. So what are you waiting for? Get those blenders out and whizz up a batch of Guinness Punch! And don’t forget to check back here tomorrow for another scrumptious St. Patrick’s Day recipe. I’ll be posting one each day leading up to the big day!
recipe slightly adapted from: Vice
- 1 ½ cups / 340 ml Guinness
- 1 cup / 250 ml Whole milk
- ½ cup / 120 ml sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 2 tablespoons Rum
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (for garnish)
- whipped cream (for topping)
Place first 5 ingredients in blender and pureé. Let chill in fridge for 1 hour. Serve over ice with whipped cream topping and freshly grated nutmeg garnish.
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