• ‘Tis the season for entertaining and being entertained. No need to limit yourself or your guests to beer, wine and the standard martinis, Manhattans and Cosmos when serving up cocktails. Not when there is such a rich heritage of cocktails in the American archives of mixology. We’re now into offering you a drink recipe each day, with enough time after the final one for you to be sure you have the ingredients on hand for the Christmas-New Year’s party crush.
Today’s recipe is from international model/magazine writer/cookbook author/TV personality Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo television’s “Top Chef.” It is the second punch recipe I’ve selected for the “12 Drinks of Christmas” collection.
DRINK NO. 9 — PADMA’S SWEET LIME-GINGER RUM PUNCH
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups dark rum
2 cups ice, plus more for serving
Lime slices, cilantro for garnish
In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar and ginger to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large pitcher, pressing hard on the ginger. Let cool to room temperature. Stir in the lime juice, rum and the 2 cups of ice. Strain into ice-filled glasses and garnish with lime slices and cilantro. Makes 8 drinks.
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