One of my favorite drinks to have is a bloody mary because it’s one of the drinks that you can drink at all times of the day. I remember having a bloody mary with brunch because it has a savory flavor profile that’s not normal in most drinks. And when I think of Christmas, I think of spice and the smell of pine and an open fire. So when I was younger, when we used to pick our Christmas tree, it wasn’t always perfect so we would cut off branches and we would throw them into the fire place. I loved the smell, and I liked the way it would pop in the fire. So I decided to smoke some rosemary leaves to mimic that smell in the bloody mary. And back then, the only thing we could drink was fruit punch. So I decided to make a hard fruit punch. I called it 12 days of Christmas punch because it has 12 ingredients all together. If you want to make it for the kids, just remove the alcohol, but I’m sure this colorful red punch will lighten up any party. Just be careful because it’s going to creep up on you. Happy holidays, and I wish you a very merry Christmas. I still would love to hear how you enjoyed these recipes, so hit me up on Facebook (Chef Bruce Lim) and Instagram (@chef_bruce_lim) for your thoughts.
17 oz cranberry juice
7 oz pineapple juice
4 oz guava juice
4 oz orange juice
10 oz vodka
5 oz rum
10 oz sprite/lemon soda
50 g orange pieces
50 g frozen cranberries
60 g pineapple (cut into 10 g pieces)
6 pcs sugar cane (cut into 6-inch by 1/4-inch pieces)
6 sprigs mint
- In a large pitcher, add all ingredients and mix well with wooden spoon.
- Prepare six glasses.
- Sprinkle pineapple with sugar and torch until it has caramelized.
- Pour punch into the prepared glasses. Garnish with sugar cane and caramelized pineapple and a sprig of mint.