Monday, May 16, 2011

Pre- wedding Episodes: the Rum Punch Contest

With all the commotion and chaos and stuff leading up to the wedding party, I really didn’t find the time to write about all those fun and interesting events that are/were wedding related. I can’t remember how we did find the time and energy to get involved (or dragged) into it all, but I’d like to share some of the stories over the next couple of weeks!

One of the things I wanted to do after the wedding ceremony on the beach, was offer Caribbean rum punch to all our guests, while family portraits would be taken and the sun supposedly set behind the watery horizon. For months, I had this great plan of inviting a whole bunch of friends into Irie’s cockpit and experiment with rum and other liquids. Finally, less than two weeks before the big event, an unofficial invitation went out and about ten people showed up for Irie’s Rum Punch Contest.

Mark and I provided a whole array of ingredients, from nutmeg to hot pepper sauce, from bitters to triple sec, different kinds of rum and tons of healthy Ceres juices. The crew of SV Mojomo provided their own secret ingredients and arrived with a secret recipe and a blender. Cheaters! After offering some nibbles to line our stomachs, the contest was open. Everybody present was supposed to make a full pitcher of their own rum punch creation, all ingredient combinations were allowed. One by one, Rosie, Sim, Jon, Sam, Matt, Denise, Axel, Liz, Mike, Mark and I did our best to please the thirsty crowd.

The more choices of ingredients, the more stuff you are inclined to put into the mixture, with as a result that nobody remembered what went into their creation by the end of the evening. Mike’s didn’t have much more than rum in it, just the way he likes it and the trend went from a yellow solution to darker and darker red, the more the evening progressed… Everybody loved the Mojomo rum punch, but because it was so sophisticated, Mark and I decided to keep it a bit simpler for the final beach event. The consensus and main conclusion of the tasting was that a good rum punch requires passion fruit juice and lots of rum!

Of course, the day of the wedding, things went a bit crazy and I almost forgot to make the pitchers of rum punch to follow the beach ceremony. At that point I didn’t really care too much about the ingredients, but remembered the passion fruit juice. I started pouring -oops, a bit too much rum – and mixing, throwing the main rum punch ingredients together. The outcome was something like 1/3 of white rum, 1/3 of passion fruit juice, 1/3 half and half orange juice and pineapple juice, a splash of grenadine and ice when served by our beautiful ad accommodating (“We won’t take anything back to the villa, it all has to be drunk! Here, take some more!”) hosts Sim and Jon. And yes, I did forget one ingredient: freshly grated nutmeg. But, the concoction was strong enough to make sure nobody noticed!

Photos courtesy of Axel Busch and Liesbet Collaert

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