Sweet, Red Punch.
A knock-out of a recipe for Hibiscus Rum Punch and a toast to your local Antifas. CW- violence, language, alcohol.
This think-piece contains ra ecipe for an alcoholic beverage and copious mentions of punching nazis. Reader’s discretion is advised.
I am a live-in-the-moment kind of person: Life experiences, grappling with chronic heath issues and an appetite for life have turned me into a person whom enjoys every moment and savors every bite or sip.
In my early twenties I realized that I am allergic to hops and my life long relationship with amber liquors began. A shot of rum, a bourbon on the rocks were my go-to rail drinks at the bar. Now that I am older and my kidneys do not work very well, I try to “make it count” and have a good glass of wine or champagne or a craft cocktail from my favorite spot once a week.
By hosting parties and bartending events in DC, I have learned that punches are the best type of over 21 drink to make for a large crowd. It only has been a week since DJT took office but already we have seen reasons to drown our sorrow and celebrate our small victories daily: after a mostly successful Women’s March on Washington preceded by the local antifas Black Bloc resistance which protected peaceful protesters from over militarized and aggressive police in DC — It is important when reading and learning about riots (the language of the unheard per MLK) that one seeks on the ground videos and live streams instead simply consuming what the mainstream media says and developing a bias without a thought, this praxis is also a great way to contribute from afar, to see what those folks are doing and why.
One of the best moments from the empty inauguration was brought to us by a masked fellow, a comrade that saw the opportunity to punch a nazi, Richard Spencer right in his fascist face and went for it! The moment has been captured and re-imagined into musicals, videos and memes and it raised the question into a top trend: Is it okay to punch a nazi?
So much has been written about the historical perspective, the moral obligation that is punching nazis that I personally do not want to do that.
I think that we have been replaying the same conversation for generations now. There is so much media dedicated to educating us about the horrors of the Holocaust that it is normal for people to wonder what would they do in this situation. Think about how many times you’ve posed or been asked this question and what your answer would be and think on those thoughts for a moment. As I thought on it, personally every red-blooded American I have talked to about this would wholeheartedly agree that sometimes you just have to beat evil with considerable evil while discussing the “imagine you could kill Hitler” scenario. We grew up on loving and thanking our War Vets for their service fighting nazis. I mean, Captain America and Superman beat up nazis.
I do not advocate violence nor I suggest my readers do the same.
But I do advocate for folks to resist and fight racism, sexism and homo/transphobia in whatever manner they need to and supporting their efforts. Whether it be by just re-tweeting the hashtag #ipunchedrichardspencer in order to confuse nazis whom have placed a $3K ransom on the person who punched the face of the alt-right, which is just another word for conservative racists and sexists. Or by donating to the legal fee funds for the over 200 protesters and four journalists arrested during inauguration. Ask the city to drop charges against protesters. Take daily action!
For the moment, self care is important, and if you enjoy a cocktail as much as I do or are planning a Valentine’s Day bash for your comrades, enjoy toasting to the health of your local antifas with this deliciously sweet and spicy Red Punch.
2 ounces dried hibiscus
3 knobs of peeled fresh ginger, chopped
5 whole cloves
4 3/4 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups rum
Crushed ice and lemon slices for garnish.
In a saucepan combine the hibiscus, ginger and cloves. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, pour over and let the spices steep for 2 plus hours. In a small saucepan bring remaining 3/4 cup water and the sugar to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Let this syrup cool. Strain the hibiscus liquid into a pitcher, stir in syrup, rum and crushed ice. Garnish punch with lemon slices.