Dirty Christmas Punch

When you make this punch correctly it will be a slightly yellow brown color, hence "Dirty Christmas Punch."  The cinnamon and peppermint bring out hints of the holiday season without being overbearing.  This is also a great drink to put in a crock pot on low and serve warm with whip cream.  Your friends and family will appreciate the effort you take to make large quantities of this tasty group libation.  Offering some lime wedges and cinnamon sticks for garnish class it up a bit.  

Punchbowl for 8 (multiply recipe for a larger gathering)

2 cups Pineapple Juice

2 cups fresh squeezed Orange Juice

1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

2 cups strongly brewed Peppermint Tea (fresh tea, not from last year)

1 cup 5yr aged Dark Rum (El Dorado works very well)

1.5 cups Jamaican Rum (like Appleton)

1 cup Sunshines Very Spicy Rum (Seven Tiki works OK with this recipe if you don't have time to infuse our house spiced rum)

1/3 cup Cinnamon Syrup

Combine chilled juices and all other ingredients in a punchbowl or pitcher so you're guests can help themselves.  Use the cinnamon syrup to balance your punch.  Start with less and add more till it is the right balance of sweet/tart for your liking.  Use the largest ice cubes you can to prevent too much dilution, like making  HUGE ice cubes in a bundt pan or other baking dish with a nice shape.  Always offer your guests a 6-8oz cup for punches.  This prevents your friends from getting tipsy too fast.  

A festive punch bowl filled with rum, spices and fresh juices always makes the holidays bright.  

A festive punch bowl filled with rum, spices and fresh juices always makes the holidays bright.