Sometimes, I get to the end of a hard day and I just want something simple, cold and refreshing to sip, like this week’s Ponche a la Romana, by bloggers Yvette Marquez and Vianney Rodriquez. Their cocktails — featuring fresh-squeezed juices and homemade mixers — have been so popular that they decided to devote a whole book to them! Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails is the first book to celebrate the signature cocktails of Latin America and Spain in one volume. They all look so incredibly good! With the temperatures rising in Rome as we move closer to summer, this cocktail is definitely one I will enjoy drinking this weekend! —Kristina
Why Yvette and Vianney love this cocktail: For us, champagne and sherbet scream spring! We love the simple combination of sherbet and bubbles and the addition of pineapple is so refreshing. This festive, fizzy punch, brimming with fresh pineapple, is usually served in a punch bowl. We love an excuse to entertain and this recipe makes a great punch bowl — and you’ll have something ready to pour as soon as guests arrive. Plus, they can help themselves to refills, leaving you free to enjoy your fiesta.
Photography by Jeanine Thurston
Ponche a la Romana
Chileans like to usher in the New Year with a festive glass of sweet, decadent Ponche a la Romana —champagne with pineapple sherbet. This would make a lovely bridal shower cocktail or a non-alcoholic drink for a baby shower by simply substituting sparkling lemonade for the champagne.
Makes 12-16 servings
-1 whole fresh pineapple, finely diced
-1 cup pineapple juice
-1 (750 ml) bottle of champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
-½ gallon pineapple sherbet
-Pineapple slices for garnish
1. Mix the finely diced pineapple, pineapple juice, and champagne. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.
2. Put scoops of pineapple sherbet in a punch bowl and pour in champagne mixture.
3. Garnish glasses with pineapple slices. Serve with a few dashes of bitters, if desired.
Recipe from Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails, copyright © 2015. Reprinted courtesy of Hippocrene Books, Inc.
About Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Vianney Rodriquez: Yvette is a Colorado-based Mexican food blogger over at MuyBuenoCookbook.com and one of the co-authors of Muy Bueno, published by Hippocrene Books in the fall of 2012; and Vianney is a Texas-based food blogger over at SweetLifeBake.com. Yvette and Vianney are known for inventive, easy-to-make, Latin-fusion recipes.