Despite being Irish I never drank Guinness until I moved to Lambeth and was introduced to Guinness Punch. Sweet and creamy and incredibly easy to drink, this traditional Caribbean beverage mixes stout, condensed milk and Nurishment over ice for a long refreshing drink that does, in fact, pack quite a punch. It is known in Jamaica as a ‘strong back’ drink and some suggest it increases men’s virility.
Because I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth, I stop this from being cloying by using the famous Foreign Extra Stout which is Guinness brewed in Nigeria. At 7.5%, it’s much stronger than regular Guinness and has a distinctive hoppy taste that is more bitter than the Irish version. It works beautifully here and you’ll find the punch goes down easily on a hot day. It is traditionally served after lunch on a Sunday and would precede a nap very nicely....
In a large bowl, soak the oats for at least an hour or overnight in the water. Blend the oats and soaking liquid to make a thick oat milk. While the oats are soaking, chill the Guinness, condensed milk and Nurishment.
Pour the oat milk, Guinness, condensed milk and Nurishment together in a large jug or punch bowl and mix well. Add the vanilla extract and the bitters and then sprinkle the nutmeg on top. Serve in glasses, over ice (but don’t add the ice to the jug or punch bowl as it will dilute the creaminess). You can also add a tot of rum to the punch if you like.
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