Smoked-Rosemary Rum Punch

Smoked Rosemary Rum Punch // stirandstrain.comRemember when I said I’d never use Snapchat forever and ever? Yeah, about that… Guys, ugh, talk about going down a rabbit hole of watching people make coffee and take bad selfies. And yet, I’m so compelled to WATCH. Actually, right now, I love seeing how people decorate for the holidays, and Snapchat itself has compiled these little videos of people celebrating for the holidays all over Europe. What I think I’m trying to get across here is that I’M SO INTO CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR.

Smoked Rosemary Rum Punch // stirandstrain.comYes, yes, it might seem like I am getting a bit overexcited about something that happens every year, but for the last few Christmases I just couldn’t be bothered. This Christmas I have forced myself to be in the holiday mood since about November 27th and I plan on keeping it up until at least New Year’s. While I have done my requisite decorating, I have now turned to holiday-izing my food and drinks. For all of you reading this right now, I will just focus on the drinks.

Smoked Rosemary Rum Punch // stirandstrain.comHoliday Punch. This is almost without a doubt my main cocktail situation for big parties, and especially those of the Christmas kind. You can batch it beforehand and let guests get as tipsy or not as they want and you still get lots of credit for making it (but we all know it’s WAAAAY easier than individually making drinks for 40 people at your party. F that.).

This year I turn, again (and again and again), to rosemary. I don’t need to go into my rosemary situation, but for those of you just joining us here on the site, it’s OUT OF CONTROL. So into another drink it goes. And this time we’re adding a little fire to the mix and giving the rosemary a little smoke to send your guests over-the-edge with excitement as you tell them you hand smoked all that rosemary they’re drinking. You just won the holiday party this year also, FYI.

Smoked Rosemary Rum Punch // stirandstrain.comThat smoky rosemary is paring up with some winter citrus because we want to make this as holiday as possible. Then throw everyone a curve ball as you sneak in a few Tiki elements with gold rum, orgeat and grated cinnamon. Oh, and also some high proof rum because WHY NOT?! Our base rum is Parce 8-Year, a small-batch Columbian rum that’s aged in whiskey barrels so it has a similar flavor to single malt scotch, and is DELICIOUS.

Now, please don’t be intimidated by the fact we are smoking the rosemary. It’s as simple as turning on a gas burner and throwing the rosemary over it for a minute. Or, seriously, you could use a candle if you just have electric burners. Either way, your house is going to smell amazing come time for that party. And hey, let’s snapchat it to each other while we’re at it.

Yields 16 servings

For the Smoked-Rosemary Citrus Syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Zest from 2 medium lemons
3 ounces freshly squeezed juice from 2 medium lemons
Zest from 2 small limes
1 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 2 small limes
3 (4-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, water, and lemon and lime zest and juices. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to just under a boil, then remove from heat and cover. Meanwhile, hold rosemary over an open flame using heatproof tongs, turning continually, until it begins to smoke. As soon as it starts to smoke, uncover syrup and place rosemary in saucepan. Cover again and let steep 30 minutes. Strain solids out and reserve syrup for the punch in an airtight container. The syrup will keep for up to a month in the refrigerator, but flavors will be best if used within 2 days.

For the Punch:

24 ounces gold rum, such as Parce 8-Year*
4 ounces orgeat, such as Small Hand Foods orgeat
12 ounces smoked-rosemary citrus syrup
4 ounces overproof rum, such as Smith & Cross
4 ounces water
Cinnamon sticks, for garnish

In a punch bowl, combine gold rum, orgeat, smoked-rosemary citrus syrup, overproof rum, and water. Stir to combine and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to overnight. To serve, add a large ice cube to the punch bowl. Ladle about 3 ounces into a punch glass and grate fresh cinnamon on top. Serve.


I originally posted this recipe on Serious Eats.
*This bottle of Parce 8-Year was generously given gratis and appears here because I like drinking it. For more info on sponsored products, affiliate links, and gifted booze, please visit the About page.

{Now Closed} Giveaway // Holiday Trio with Small Hand Foods, HOST, and The Countryman Press

Giveaway with Small Hand Foods, HOST, and The Countryman Press // stirandstrain.comAs this year comes to a close, we reflect on the past and look forward to the new. And then make us some cocktails.

Today we’re helping holiday cocktail making just that much easier with this trio from Small Hand Foods, Host, and The Countryman Press. First, Small Hand Foods has just put out a new syrup: Passion Fruit! If you’ve been around these parts often enough, you know how much I LOVE passion fruit, but loathe trying to shop around for the fruit. This syrup is the REAL DEAL and worthy of your next Hurricane. Next, you need some extra special cocktail recipes come holiday time. So why not check out these Lost Recipes of Prohibition by Matthew Rowley? Browsing through the book feels like you’re getting a secret glimpse of someone’s diaries… cocktail diaries. And lastly, you need something to put all those cocktails in! Keep your drinks cool while you’re by a hot fire with these WHISKEY FREEZE™ Cooling Cups.

Ready to party? Check out the options below to enter and get up to 10 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Thursday December 10th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. and Canada residents). Good Luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Small Hand Foods Syrups

Giveaway - Small Hand Foods 3 Pack Syrups // stirandstrain.comAt our last Coconut Club event we switched up the signature cocktail (the one in the coconut) to include some orgeat. Nathan and I are pretty particular about the quality of the ingredients we use, and since we didn’t have time to make it ourselves, we enlisted the help of Small Hand Foods.Giveaway - Small Hand Foods 3 Pack Syrups //

Their orgeat is our go-to brand, especially when we are trying to wow the pants off a crowd of discriminating Tiki cocktail fans. This time around, when we got our comment cards back, people seemed to really love the new incarnation of the signature drink. And today I’m giving away a bottle for you all to try at home. That and a few more Small Hand Foods syrups to get drink making.

Small Hand Foods creates “classic ingredients for pre-prohibition cocktails”. But don’t let that stop you from creating whatever the heck you want. Get futuristic and sphere-ify that drink!Giveaway - Small Hand Foods 3 Pack Syrups //

One lucky Stir and Strain reader will win:

  • 8.5 oz Orgeat
  • 8.5 oz Pineapple Gum Syrup
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Ready to start mixing? Check out the options below to enter and get up to 12 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST April 21st, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. residents). For more information on Small Hand Foods products, please visit them at smallhandfoods.comGood Luck!

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