Hate your “friends” vacationing in Hawaii, Mexico, and the Carribean posting a bunch of pictures of themselves on gorgeous beaches? Yeah, so do I. But before you spend a frostbittered evening alone plotting their demise at the cold icy hand of karmic retribution, consider drinking to their health with a Tropical PUNCH.
Invented by my once-pro bartender friend Paul, the drink was surprisingly good, surely due to the high-quality ingredients from his frequent travels to warm climes. And surely better than my roll of the Cocktail Dice. You’ll be feeling less frosty in no time at all.
I hope you are all weathering the storm well. Miraculously, the elm tree that spewed limbs that fell on my power lines last year is behaving well and has only shed a few branches this year. We still have power in our neck of the woods, but tons and tons of snow and ice and tree litter making it all look ugly as we start Day 3. My glorious flowering quince looks as if it’s kowtowing to the Emperor, I’m now positive I’ve lost my big beautiful rosemary, and the garden rows are buried in a blanket of snow.
But I can’t complain; no one’s hurt. I’m watching my neighbors’ chickens while they’re away (yes, they are THE VACATIONING ONES!) and they all seem happy, if cold. Fun and exciting plans were canceled for the weekend, and young Bruno is begging to go outside so he can revert to a feral state. He doesn’t seem to feel the snow with his Maine Coon snowshoe paws, but the last thing I need is a kitten bonked on the head with a branch, so we’re hunkering down and annoying each other. The perfect time, I’d say, for a…
- 1 oz. coconut rum
- 1/2 oz. Pisco
- 1/2 oz. Cointreau
- 2 oz. lime juice
- Fever Tree Bitter Lemon soda
- 4 drops grapefruit bitters
- One pack lurid turquoise Tropical Punch Pop Rocks for garnish (do not omit)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add coconut rum, Pisco, Cointreau, and lime juice. Shake vigorously, then pour over ice (or dare I say packed snow?) in a double Old Fashioned glass. Top off with a few ounces of Bitter Lemon soda and the bitters. Immediately prior to serving, and preferably in front of the snowbird you’d like to impress, drop in a quarter of a packet of pop rocks for immediate fireworks. Smashing.