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Pina Colada Punch

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Servings: 30
Categories: Alcoholic Beverages / Fruits / Gin / Punch Recipes / Rum

5  pieces  Dried ginger root, bruised with spoon
5  tablespoons  Light-brown sugar
5  tablespoons  Cassia bark, broken in pieces
3 1/3  cups  Water
10    China teabags
3 1/3    Shredded coconut
6 1/4  cups  Boiling water
8 3/4  cups  Pineapple juice
3 1/3  cups  Light rum or gin
    Crushed ice
    Maraschino cherries
    Fresh pineapple chunks
    Fresh pineapple leaves, optional

1. Put ginger, sugar and cassia bark in a saucepan. Add 2/3 cup water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and add teabags. Let stand 5 minutes, then strain into a bowl. In a blender or food processor, blend coconut and boiling water 1 minute. Let stand 5 minutes, then strain into tea mixture, pressing coconut to extract all moisture.

3. Add pineapple juice and chill 1 hour. Add run or gin and stir well. Serve over crushed ice in tall glasses. Thread cocktail sticks with cherries and pineapple. Add a cocktail stick and swizzle stick to each glass. Garnish with pineapple leaves, if desired.

4. VARIATION: Add more rum or gin for a stronger flavored drink.

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