Recipe: Puerto Rican Coconut Rum Punch (Coquito) — The Global Punch Bowl

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When it comes to holiday drinking, eggnog is only the beginning. Many cultures and cuisines proudly claim a Christmas punch and this week we're bringing you The Global Punch Bowl with five festive punches, each with a story of their own.

Some years back my mom, who I call Mami, threw a Christmas party at her home in Clarkston, Georgia. She made a pernil (traditional pork shoulder), arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), and a rum cake — the standard 'Rican holiday fare.

But she asked me to make the coquito.


The Midwestern Drink That’s Making a Comeback — The Global Punch Bowl

Every year as the weather grows cold, small red, white, and green plastic tubs suddenly line the shelves of grocery stores in the upper Midwest. Anyone not from the area might read the labels with total confusion: "Tom and Jerry Batter," they say, often surrounded by drawings of holly leaves and snowy winter scenes. But this batter isn't for cake, and it has nothing to do with the cartoon cat and mouse — it's the base for a classic punch.


A Cool Way to Make Ice for Party Punches — Party Tricks

The party problem: Holiday punches get warm too quickly.

The party trick: Use popsicle molds to make giant ice cubes.


Why Do We Say “Pleased as Punch”? — The Global Punch Bowl

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Just saying "pleased as punch" conjures up thoughts of a cheerful, bubbly drink at the center of some fabulously festive party.

Surely the origins of this phrase date back to some happy 18th-century public house talk, right? Sorry — like so many strange turns of phrase in our lexicon, the back story on this one is actually kind of a downer.

Punch in this case refers not to the delicious, big-batch cocktail, but rather a very naughty puppet: Punch.


3 Ways to Drink Like a German This Winter — The Global Punch Bowl

In America, there's no place like home for the holidays. But all across Europe, the early months of winter bring locals out of their houses and into the streets to shop and stroll and taste seasonal treats at the holiday markets. In Prague, pork browns on a spit roast; in Copenhagen, Danes eat jam-filled ebelskiver doughnuts; and in Germany, they drink.

Nowhere are the libations as numerous — or as strong — as at a German Christkindlmarkt. Indeed, asking if Germany is the capital of winter drinking is like asking if cinnamon and clove are crucial to the winter months; or if bad wine is made better when it's mulled on the stove; or if you should you add alcohol to delicious lattes you're already drinking. The answer is clear: Ja, ja, a million times ja!

But you don't need to travel all the way to Europe to feel extra festive this holiday season. Take a cue from the Christkindlmarkts and enjoy Germany in a mug. Here's how.


You Totally Can (and Should) Drink This Hot Chocolate for Breakfast — Delicious Links

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Tis the season for hot chocolate! The rich, sweet drink is a dessert mainstay during the holiday season, but what if you're craving some for breakfast? If you're feeling adventurous, try this unique twist on the cozy classic.

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