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Santa Maria

Santa Maria 6.000
Dec 12, 2007

This unique punch employs some unusual ingredients, including white port, falernum (an infused rum that's easy to make at home, which needs 3 days to cure) and agave nectar, a natural sweetener. Use blanco, silver tequila or reposado tequila.


Servings: 6 - 8
Ingredients
  • For the falernum
  • 10 large limes
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 5 whole blanched almonds
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 liter white rum
  • For the punch
  • 12 ounces tequila
  • 6 ounces white port
  • 2 ounces homemade falernum
  • Juice of 4 large Meyer lemons
  • Juice of 2 large limes
  • 2 ounces agave nectar
  • 18 to 24 ounces ginger beer
  • Thin slices of orange, for garnish

Directions

For the falernum: Cut the peel from the limes, reserving the flesh and juice for another use, if desired (use the juice of 2 limes for this punch recipe). Remove and discard any white pith from the inside of the peels. Combine the peels with the cloves, almonds, sugar and white rum in a large glass container. Store, loosely covered, in a sunny place for 3 days, then strain and discard the solids. Return the liquid to the container.

For the punch: Combine, the tequila, white port, falernum, citrus juices and agave nectar in a large glass pitcher. Add ice and stir vigorously. To serve, fill six to eight highball glasses (9- to 10-ounce capacity) with ice; divide the punch among them and top each one with about 3 ounces of ginger beer. Stir, and garnish each serving with an orange slice.


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Adapted from Duggan McDonnell, owner of Cantina Bebidas in San Francisco.

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 8): 90


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 19mg 1%

Total Carbohydrates: 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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