May 31, 2007

Guinness Punch


Ingredients:
per drink
12 oz cold Guinness stout
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/16 teaspoon cocoa
1/16 teaspoon allspice
1/16 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the cocoa, allspice and cinnamon to remove any clumps. Then pour the Guinness into a large cup (larger than you'd think, this will foam) and gently stir in the spiced condensed milk. Serve immediately. Serves one.


My thoughts:
We watched the first season (or "series") of the BBC show Chef! recently. In one episode, the French-trained Chef tries to impress his Jamaican born father with an authentic Caribbean meal. The problem is that Chef knows nothing about Caribbean cooking and has to turn to the lowest ranking member of the kitchen who had worked at his aunt's soul food restaurant* and thus knows the cuisine. They made a variety of foods but what caught my attention was something I had never heard of-Guinness punch. Chef is skeptical of the recipe but allows the rooky chef to put it on the menu. Then much to Chef's chagrin, throughout the whole rest of the episode anyone who sipped the drink swooned. A quick look online told me that this magical elixir is simply Guinness stout mixed with some spices and sweetened condensed milk. It sounds a little odd, but it is actually quite good and not as sweet as you might think. Of course, I used about 1/2 the usual amount of sweetened condensed milk I've seen in recipes and kicked up the spices, but it seems to be very close to authentic and much more drinkable.

*Apparently soul food restaurants sell Caribbean food in England, not food from the Deep South like it does in the US. Who knew?

20 comments:

  1. This is not anything I would make - because milk and I do not agree and I am not so sure about Guiness. But I smile and nod anyway because your recipes are great and I have the same glasses and they just make me smile!

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  2. very interesting drink! i'll have to see if i can convince scott to try this.

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  3. You're mostly right about 'soul food' restaurants and takeaways in the UK, mainly because the number of Caribbean residents vastly outnumbers Southern Americans. However, here is an exception, and very good it is, too:

    http://www.mommacherri.co.uk/

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  4. Guinness punch is a strange beast to say the least.

    I've only tried it once, but the funny thing is I went from hating it to loving it within the space of 5 mouthfuls.

    My friend made his variety with a can of Nourishment (instead of your condensed milk), some nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar I think. I remember him heating it all up, obviously to dissolve the granulated sugar but also to infuse all the flavours better. There may have been more ingredients bunged in but to be honest I was already pissed at the time so don't quote me on it!

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  5. i think it sounds pretty delicious! almost like a spicy vietnamese coffee! i'm definitely going to try this out soon.

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  6. I'd like you to make this for me so I could try it :)

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  7. I really like your pics and your site! Nicely done!

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  8. I not much of a Guinness girl, but strangely, that Guinness punch looks and sounds good :-)

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  9. Sounds interesting. I love Guiness actually, and it does have a bit of background caramel flavor so the sweet ingredients might work well, actually!

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  10. I can't get enough of Guinness, so this one is right up my alley.

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  11. wow, sounds like a beer milkshake! ooo i looove a good beer and making it sweet might just be awesome!

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  12. ohyeah, i would love this right now! how cool.

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  13. My hubby would be all over this drink!

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  14. hmm . . . a fascinating concoction! the ingredients do seem like they'd go together well . . . . maybe i'll give it a shot!

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  15. a little advise for all you readers: take £1.50 to £2.00 go find your local hard food shop (soul food shop to the uninitiated, would be trendies) enter shop and ask for guinness punch, a lot easier. whilst there brown stew chicken/beef with rice and peas is a good gentle intro to carribean food. Damn i wish i watched my mum make this, rather than looking for recipes on net (no body makes it like mum did)

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  16. Anon: Unless you don't live in the UK, like the majority of my readers.

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  17. Hey thanks for visiting my blog! This punch looks very tasty.

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  18. I tried this last night at a mates BBQ, he wouldn't give me the recipe as he said it was a family recipe which propted me to look for it, however his had rum in it

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  19. About soul food: soul food is American cuisine, namely the traditional cuisine of African-American in the Southern US. It is a cuisine that innovatively applied many African techniques to make the most of what little was available to slaves and other African descendants in the US. Later, Southern blacks took their soul food cuisine with them during the Great Migration of the late 1800's, and as result, soul food has had a very broad influence on American cuisine overall. "Soul food" is the proper, historic term for it - it's not a "trendy" or otherwise incorrect term, as suggested by someone else. If you came to the US and said that to a proud soul food cook or chef, you'd likely get a cast iron pan upside the head.

    Soul food has traditionally varied from community to community. The "freedman" cuisine in East Texas will be a bit different than the Gullah cuisine in South Carolina. By and large, however, there's little direct connection between traditional soul food and traditional Caribbean cuisine, except perhaps among the Louisiana Creoles and a few other port communities. Most similarities between these two cuisines stems rather from their shared African roots.

    Why Brits have taken a term for a distinctly American cuisine and applied it to Caribbean cuisine, I do not know. I too saw that episide of Chef! and was baffled by that. Perhaps that's due to the small number of former black slaves who went to the UK in the late 1800's, and likely took soul food with them. Then when Caribbean immigrants later began to outnumber them, Brits simply used the term as a catch-all for any cuisines of New World blacks. Just a theory.

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  20. My dad used to make this punch but with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice added. A very yummy drink!

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