It was 104 degrees F. last weekend here. Although it has only been in the lower 90s thus far this week, I still need to beat the heat.
Welcome to the August round of C.L.U.E. where we are all trying to BEAT the HEAT!
I was the assigned blog-stalker for Stacy from Food Lust People Love this month. Stacy is fascinating and has lived in “The Islands,” as well as the States, South America, and the Middle East. Her food influences come from all over but are rooted in the Southern states like Louisiana and Texas. Stacy currently resides in Dubai.
I went with an icy rum punch but there are many cool beverages on Stacy’s site.
Icy Rum Punch from the Islands
Original recipe from Food Lust People Love found here.
1 c. sugar
1 c. boiling water
1 c. lime juice (about 4-5 large limes)
3 c. rum (Trinidad Amber rum if you can get it.)
4 c. filtered water
“A lot of shakes” of Angostura (Aromatic) Bitters
Make the simple sugar by combining the sugar and boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Let cool.
While simple syrup is cooling, juice the limes.
Combine all other ingredients.
Pour over crushed ice and add a bit more bitters (optional).
I loved that Stacy mixed this all up in a re-purposed liter bottle. She says, “Of course, you can serve this in a pretty pitcher if you have guests but the reused water bottle fits wonderfully in my refrigerator door so I can enjoy rum punch for days. :)”
Stacy actually spent some formative years in “The Islands,” Trinidad and Tobago to be specific, so this is an authentic recipe. According to Stacy, the recipe for an authentic rum punch is simple:
I have to say that I have been dreaming (and drooling) about rum punch since I read An Embarrassment of Mangoes, but I have never made this beverage. Thank you, Stacy, for lending me this recipe for my repertoire.
I may not be in the islands, but this is the perfect drink for a hot and humid Oklahoma day.
Cook, Learn, Undertake and EAT (also known as the C.L.U.E. Society) is a similar to the board game of CLUE. It involves secrecy, fun, challenge and cooperation with the other game playing members. But don’t be alarmed, there are no murders in our society. Each month our members receive the name of a food blog and a theme. We lurk and hunt through our assigned blog to find a recipe that we adore and that fits the month’s theme. Stay tuned for September when our theme will focus on apples.
Please check out all the other C.L.U.E. members and their recipes to BEAT the HEAT.
- Asian Watermelon Salad by Lora from Cake Duchess
- Beat the Heat Negronis by Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Blueberry Icebox Pie by Kate from Kate’s Kitchen
- Curried Chicken Salad with Cucumbers by Rebekah from Making Miracles
- Frozen Cherry Lemonade by Anna from annaDishes
- Homemade Gingerale by Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Icy Rum Punch from the Islands by Debra from Eliot’s Eats
- Mango Jicama Salsa by Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- No Bake Berry Cheesecake by Christiane from Taking on Magazines
- Oreo Cookies n Cream Ice Cream by Heather from girlichef
- Peach Ice Cream by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pecan Brittle by Kelli from Kelli’s Kitchen
- Prosciutto Parmesan Arugula Sandwich by Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
- Roasted Tomato Soup by Sue from A Palatable Pastime
- Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet by Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
- Summertime Fresh Corn Salad by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Tipsy Palmers by Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Alice from A Mama, Baby and Shar-pei in the Kitchen