Summer Entertaining : A Cocktail Recipe

Summer is in the air!  As the weather turns warmer, it’s nice to take any opportunity you can to get outside and enjoy the longer evenings.  Wellington doesn’t have the most settled climate in the country so we have to make the most of those days where it’s warm, bright and not so windy.

Coming out of a very windy and erratic spring season, summer gives us a reason to celebrate and New Zealanders all seem to come out of winter hibernation.  This means more social invites as well as the chance to enjoy some summer entertaining of your own.

Mr. Edwards and I love planning an event for ourselves, it doesn’t happen as often as we would like but when we can, we like to pick a theme and have some fun.  We usually start by planning the menu and then I like to see what I can spin off from that to make it something special.  I love to have a welcome cocktail, it’s just a nice touch when your guests arrive.  After you’ve taken their jackets, it’s special to offer them a drink you’ve crafted for the occasion – it kicks off your get together quite nicely and it really sets the scene.


Mr. Edwards spent some time growing up in Barbados and that time has left him with lots of wonderful memories of days on the beach, playing in the ocean, and we love hearing stories from his parents of their antics with friends from those days … all mostly fueled by rum.  For Christmas day this year we decided to serve Mr. Edwards’ version of the family Rum Punch for our tropical island themed lunch.  I have shared the prized recipe below, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and that you have some fun styling your own get-togethers this summer.

Chin Chin !


Mr. Edwards’ Rum Punch

You need:

  • A lowball glass
  • Ice, enough to half fill the glass
  • A cocktail shaker – you can just mix in a glass if you don’t have one
  • 1 fluid oz golden rum – we love Mount Gay
  • 1 fluid oz tropical fruit juice
  • 1 fluid oz orange juice
  • Lemonade
  • Angostura bitters – you should be able to get this from a liquor store
  • Fruit to garnish


Method :

  1. If you’re using a cocktail shaker, add a good handful of ice along with the rum, tropical fruit juice, and orange juice.  Shake well, or stir together in a glass without ice if you’re not using a shaker.
  2. Half fill the lowball glass with ice and add a generous shake of the Angostura bitters – 4 or 5 shakes should do it.
  3. Pour over your rum and juice mixture and top up the glass with a little lemonade.
  4. Garnish, serve and enjoy!



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