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DIY Happy Hour: This delicious rum punch is great for parties. Multiply each ingredient by the number of guests you’re expecting, mix everything except the ginger beer and garnishes in a punch bowl and chill. Add a large block of ice (or ice cubes) and the ginger beer just before serving.

Recipe: Colonel Beach’s Plantation Punch


Jamaican Spice Plantain Porridge Recipe


  • 380-400g Peeled Green Plantains
  • 750 ml Water
  • 250 ml Coconut Cream
  • 1 Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 165 Condensed Milk (optional)
  • Freshly Grated Nutmeg (about ⅛ tsp or 6 slides on a grater)


  1. Wash, peel and slice green plantains into 3 cm slices slices into 3 cm.
  2. Put the plantain and water in a blender and pulse until chopped fine then blend to a smooth puree
  3. Pour it in a pot with cinnamon and turn on the stove on low heat. Keep stirring to prevent lumps. A lumpy plantain porridge is the result of an untended pot.
  4. Add salt and stir.
  5. Add coconut cream and stir for about 15 minutes
  6. Add milk and stir.
  7. Add vanilla and nutmeg and stir.
  8. After about 20-25 minutes of total cooking time, turn off heat, add condensed milk according to taste.