(I will start this off by saying the number one rule of blogging is to not blog about your family. way to go, Abraham…)
Let me start by saying that I love my family very much. “Family, I love you very much.” They are the best. Wouldn’t trade them for anything. Buuuuuuuuuuut, family vacations can be stressful. Let’s be honest. Being with family at all can be a bit much but if you transplant an already tense situation from the comfort of your home to a unknown location things tend to be a bit more crazy. Whit and I are super fortunate to have a family that takes an annual trip to Mexico. I can think of worse places to be. However, regardless of the fact that we are in paradise, we still stress out to the max every year.
Lets start with the fact that we have been going to the same place for a little over 10 years. Not much has changed and we pretty much have the same routine every year. We hang at the beach for 3-4 days, go on 1-2 “excursions” to see something beautiful or historic, typically shop around for some of the time and eat way too much. Sounds great and totally relaxing, right? Nope. No one can ever agree on what days to do what and where to go and especially where to eat. Heaven help us if we don’t plan out every meal in the first 30 minutes we get there. (we are true eaters, the Abrahams.)
But, every year there is one thing the entire family can agree on. RUM PUNCH! It might be the greatest thing of all time. If memory serves correctly, I believe it was my father who, some 8-10 years ago, ordered this heavenly cocktail. Naturally I needed to try it (I was in college and drank all of the alcohol) and was blown away by how deliciously sweet, refreshing, and easy to consume it was. It wasn’t until later that day when I ordered one at the bar that I realized just how much booze was in a Rum Punch. A LOT! So good though. I am pretty sure if not for this cocktail the family would have stopped going to Mexico years ago and probably we probably would have killed each other. Basically this drink saved my family.
The recipe listed below is a bit different from the one we get in Cancun (those Mexican’s keep their recipes close to their sombreros). However, it is very close and very delicious. I made mine a bit more sour than some people may like it so you might want to use a touch less lime or a bit more agave. I hope you enjoy this version of a Rum Punch and that it makes you a bit more tolerant of your family.
- Pineapple Juice - 2 ounces, freshly pureed and strained
- Orange Juice - 2 ounces, freshly squeezed
- Lime Juice - 1 ounce, freshly squeezed
- Silver Rum - 2 ounces
- Angostura Bitters - 2 dashes
- Agave Nectar - 1 ounce