OMG the shame! I can’t believe it’s been years since I last posted a recipe on the Callaloo Cooking page!  Now that the leaves have started to fall and there are pumpkins everywhere, I’ve been inspired to make pumpkin punch! Pumpkin Punch was just one of the popular homemade drinks my grandmother made for the family on weekends. Punches are quite popular in the Caribbean. Some punch contain milk, some contain alcohol, some of them have both like Ponce De Crème (our version of egg nog). Recently we popped into our local Lidl and they had a variety of pumpkins. Munchkin pumpkins caught my attention. I left with three. Once at home, I made pumpkin spice latte which was yummy. Riding on the success of my Pumpkin Spice Latte, I made Pumpkin Punch.


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Pumpkin Punch Ingredients

I made alterations to the recipe to fit ingredients that were easily sourced:
1 medium British Pumpkin
½ tin Condensed Milk
150 ml Double Cream (evaporated milk is common alternative)
¼ ml Oat Milk (dairy milk is perfectly fine to use)
2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
1tsp Pumpkin Spice Mix (grounded clove, grounded cinnamon, ginger powder, grated nutmeg)


The Method

I peeled and diced the pumpkin, then, boiled in lightly salted water. The salt is meant to draw out the sweetness of the pumpkin. When the pumpkin was soft, I removed it from stove, poured away the water and left the pumpkin to cool. After pumpkin cooled I blended it together with all the ingredients until smooth.

We don’t have a blender, so I used our Nutribullet to whizz up the ingredients. Due to the size of the Nutribullet, I spilt the ingredients in half and made to batches then poured both into a glass jug to chill.

FYI: ingredients can be altered to suit your taste, for example, I used oat milk because dairy milk doesn’t agree with my tummy on regular consumption. Additionally, I added two caps of Guinness to the grown’-ups’ drink. Another alternative is Angostura Bitters, adding a few dash Bitters can take the punch up to another level of aromatic sensuousness.

Do you normally make punches at home? What’s your favourite recipe? If you try this drink let me know what you think?

Finally, I’ll be back in the kitchen soonish, to whip of recipe from my childhood and mood boosting goodness.


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