Pina Colada Punch
Dried ginger root,
bruised with spoon
broken in pieces
Light rum or gin
Fresh pineapple chunks
Fresh pineapple leaves,
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.
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.
VARIATION: Add more rum or gin for a stronger flavored drink.
Put ginger, sugar and cassia bark in a saucepan. Add 2/3 cup water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.