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Come Party With Me: Hoedown — Drinks

A lot of manly men will be attending my hoedown so I've decided to get a keg of beer. When selecting a keg, choose a versatile, easy-to-drink beer that's neither high- or lowbrow. I've ordered a keg of Lagunitas, an IPA native to my hometown.

For the ladies, offer a spicy rum punch. Made with a spiced sugar syrup, rum, and fresh lemon and orange juices, this punch is refreshing and potent.

Of course, water, soda, and wine are always good to have on hand at any event, so stock up on those as well. Get the punch recipe when you


Spiced Winter Punch

Spiced Winter Punch

Spiced Winter Punch


1 1/2 3- to 4-inch-long cinnamon sticks
2 whole nutmegs
1 1/2 tablespoons whole allspice berries
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups Simple Syrup
2 1/4 cups Charbay Rum or 10 Cane Rum
1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice
1 1/4 cups fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon Fee Brothers Peach Bitters or other bitters
1 block of ice
Lemon and orange slices


  1. Place cinnamon and nutmeg in resealable plastic bag; crack into pieces using mallet or rolling pin.
  2. Transfer to spice grinder. Add allspice; blend to coarse powder.
  3. Transfer 1 tablespoon to shallow dish; mix in 1/3 cup sugar. Set spiced sugar aside.
  4. Stir remaining spice powder in medium saucepan over medium-high heat until just beginning to smoke, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool 5 minutes. Repeat heating and cooling process 3 more times until spices are very fragrant but not burned.
  5. Add syrup; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Strain through sieve into bowl. Cool.
  6. Mix 3/4 cup spice syrup, rum, lemon juice, orange juice, and bitters in punch bowl. Add ice and citrus slices. Rub 1 orange slice around rim of 8 glasses to moisten; dip glasses into spiced sugar. Place glasses around punchbowl.

Serves 8.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
We usually get a keg of Spotted Cow (from New Glarus brewery) when we have parties. It's always a huge hit...most people really love it. It's definitely a nice change from say, Miller Lite.
musicmixer musicmixer 7 years
As long as there are no frozen berries... I bet this punch is delicious!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i've never been a big fan of rum punches since i had an 'experience' when i was in college, and well, i think that maybe as i get older i can try to make it again. back in the day we would add limes and even a little apple to make it somewhat like a sangaria...but this sounds refreshing as well.
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