Do peanuts punch? Joking aside, Jamaican me crazy! No, seriously, we’ll stop now. This drink tastes sublime. It is full of slightly savory nutty goodness and is pretty sweet too. Jamaican peanut punch can be made as an adult’s version or left ‘virgin’ so it is possible to get all the taste, even if you are driving. Today we will talk you through how to make it and give you some great tips so you can get a perfect result every time.
How to Make Jamaican Peanut Punch
To make this drink smooth and delicious, you are going to need one thing. No, it isn’t patience. Jamaican peanut punch is really quick to make, provided you have a blender.
Because nobody likes a drink with chunks of peanut in!
That said, if you haven’t got a blender, there is a little workaround in our tips and tricks section. For now, all we’ll say is that you need to pulverize those peanuts until they are super smooth and creamy, or this just isn’t going to work.
Once the peanuts have formed a paste, we go in with a little (or a lot) of white sugar, add a little splash of rum, along with some subtle tastes. Namely nutmeg and vanilla.
The final step is to finish the drink off with something creamy and sweet. Our choice for this is a can of evaporated milk.
From there, we decant the entire mixture into a nice tall glass before adding ice and a straw. That’s pretty much it. The Caribbean, here we come!
Tips and Tricks
Now, you may not have a blender, but you don’t need to panic. You can still make Jamaican peanut punch at home.
Easy, you will need a sealable container like a flask or shaker. Here’s what to do. Instead of blending the peanuts, you are going to make a substitution. Can you say ‘peanut butter’? That’s right. If you can get your hands on a jar of something smooth like skippy, then you’ll be good to go. Just add all of the ingredients to your container and shake like your life depends on it!
A Jamaican peanut punch is not a drink for those who might have allergies to nuts. We want you to be super careful. If you’ve got guests coming, be sure to ask and watch for cross-contamination too. Severe peanut allergy is no laughing matter. If in doubt, leave it out.
We’ve also tried making this drink with different nuts. Almonds are particularly nice and give the drink a sort of marzipan taste once they have been blended.
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that there is rum in this recipe. While this is great, it is also optional. If you want to avoid alcohol, then feel free to leave it out. You’ll still get all of that sweet peanutty taste but will be able to walk straight afterward.
You can try making this with alternative milk if you haven’t got condensed. This works particularly well with coconut milk or normal milk with a tablespoon of coconut cream. Give them both a try, they aren’t quite as sweet, but you can up the sugar.
Speaking of sugar, perhaps you are trying to cut out calories (we’ll ignore the peanuts, rum, and evaporated milk)… Every little helps, so you can use a sugar substitute if you’d prefer. You could also use runny honey in the place of sugar. This takes the punch to the next level.
Go easy on the rum. While a cup of punch is always welcome at a party, this drink is very easy to overindulge on. Besides this, you want all of the peanuts, nutmeg, and vanilla flavor to shine through. If you add too much rum, it is just going to taste like rum and nothing else.
We tend to use vanilla essence in this drink. However, feel free to use a fresh vanilla pod in its place for something slightly more classy. Just split the pod with a sharp knife and scrape the seeds into the mix.
We also use store-bought powdered nutmeg. However, if you can get your hands on fresh, by all means, go for it. Just grate it into the glass and perhaps add a little extra on top just before serving.
If you want to go for a real eye-catching presentation, get the mason jars out with some nice big straws. We don’t know why, but Jamaican Carribean peanut punch seems to taste so much better out of a fancy glass!
Speaking of presentation, why not bang your glasses in the freezer for an hour before serving. Once they are removed, they bead up with frost and make this punch look total tropical.
This recipe will make around two servings. If you are making for a crowd, just scale and multiply the ingredients. If you are making 4 times as much, use 4 times the ingredients. Simple!
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Why do they call it a peanut punch?
Peanut punch, a popular beverage in Caribbean cuisine, gets its name from its primary ingredient: peanuts. This drink is essentially a punch or milkshake made primarily from peanuts, often blended with milk, sugar, and spices like vanilla or nutmeg. The term “punch” typically refers to a wide array of mixed drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and in this context, it highlights the drink’s energizing and refreshing qualities. The peanuts provide a rich, nutty flavor and are known for their energy-boosting properties, making peanut punch a favored choice for a quick, nutritious boost.
A great tasting drink that is easy to make and totally tropical? Jamaican peanut punch ticks all the boxes. It is rich, sweet, creamy and delicious. We bet you can’t drink more than two! Have you tried making this one without a blender? Let us know in the comments. How did it turn out?