Monday, November 11, 2013

Pineapple Pumpkin Punch

I love the name of this drink since it's an alliteration. It's rather fun to say especially when you add the fact that it's with pecans. Just say it out loud and enjoy the consonants spitting from your mouth.
Or not...
Here's something you can enjoy: Photos of fall.
I had wanted to go up a little north of NYC to be a leaf peeper for the past two weekends and finally, yesterday, I got to go on a lovely day trip to Cold Spring, NY.
Cold Spring is a quaint town with a lovely view located on the Hudson River.
I'm so glad I got to catch the last bit of fall foliage before winter really settles in.
If it's still fall in your neck of the woods, here's a good punch to make for fall parties. If made a day or two ahead, the spice from the cinnamon really develops which nicely compliments the rum and pumpkin.
Pineapple Pumpkin Punch (adapted from foodnetwork)

2 cups packed dark brown sugar
cinnamon sticks
1 29-ounce can pure pumpkin (about 3 1/2 cups)
2 limes
Splash of rum, for serving
Pineapple chunks and/or pecans, for serving

Combine 12 cups water, the brown sugar and cinnamon sticks in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the pumpkin and return to a simmer. Meanwhile, remove the zest from the limes in wide strips using a vegetable peeler; add the zest to the pot and simmer 15 minutes. Let cool, then refrigerate until the liquid is cold and the pumpkin pulp settles to the bottom, 2 to 3 hours.
Working in batches, slowly pour the liquid into a fine-mesh strainer set over a pitcher (repeat if necessary to strain out all the pumpkin pulp). Discard the pulp and lime zest. Return the cinnamon sticks to the punch and refrigerate until ready to serve. (Erika's Extras: you can actually serve this warm if your prefer. I also found that the punch has a better cinnamon flavor after a day or more in the fridge.)
Pour the punch into ice-filled glasses. Add rum, pineapple, and pecans. Serve with the cinnamon sticks. 
Bake well and prosper!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely pictures, and beautiful drink to go with them. Its fall here in London, but I hear talk that there might be snow tomorrow... crap :(
    anyway, hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* H


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