Ponche de Creme (pronounced punch-AH-crem locally) is a popular drink in Trinidad especially for the festive season. Sometimes referred to as Caribbean eggnog; it is typically a combination of eggs, condensed and evaporated milks and of course rum!
In this eggless version, the ackees provide the smooth creamy texture in place of the eggs and give some subtle nutty notes to the beverage.
I have a
massive slight obsession with cookbooks. I like collecting them and simply leafing through old ones. Even better than the recipes in old cookbooks sometimes, are the notes and other recipes scribbled by the previous owner. The recipe I’ve used for Ponche de Creme over the years was the one I found in one of my mom’s old cookbook which read:
“4 eggs; 1 can condensed milk; 1 can evaporated milk; 1 bottle of Vat19 Rum; lime rind, nutmeg, bitters”
I’d been living in Trinidad at the time and planned to get Vat19 rum to recreate her recipe; I thought maybe she meant a flask and so called her to confirm that she did indeed mean an entire 750ml bottle (more than 3 cups) of rum 😆!
She was visiting with us when I created this version and got her stamp of approval even though I reduced the rum to a more manageable 2 cups! and she was very impressed with how smooth it was.
“Chantal you didn’t put any eggs in this at all?!” nope I said to which she replied a satisfied and surprised wow!
Special thanks to mama as well who was my assistant for this shoot, look at the pour on that! That was all thanks to mommy 😊
You’ll notice that there is no lime included in this version and that’s simply because the lime rind would typically be used to cut the “rawness” of the egg. Since we’re not using eggs here it’s not necessary; however, if you want to infuse a little citrus flavour, I would recommend adding a bit of orange or lemon peel when chilling overnight.
That aside, it’s easy to make and delicious!
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Until next time, thanks for stopping by 😊
Ackee Ponche de Creme
Ponche de Creme (often pronounced poncha crem) is a popular Christmas beverage in Trinidad. In this version ackees replace the eggs but the rum is kept in full force. Not for the lightweight drinker! Having designated yourself a driver, pour yourself a glass and enjoy!
- 1 cup Parboiled/Canned Ackee
- 1 can Condensed Milk
- 1 can Evaporated Milk
- 2 cups Golden Rum
- A couple dashes Angostura Bitters
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- Ground cinnamon
Blend all the ingredients till completely smooth. Strain into a glass pitcher and chill for at least an hour or overnight (it will develop a better flavour the longer it sits).
To serve, pour into chilled glasses over ice and grate more nutmeg or a sprinkle of ground cinnamon over top