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Merlin's Mexican-style Christmas punch

Learn how to whip up a warming Mexican-style Christmas punch with celebrity mixologist Merlin Griffiths. Watch him pull together a hot spiced tipple that's sure to impress festive guests.

Watch our cocktail masterclass with celebrity mixologist Merlin Griffiths and learn how to combine citrus, spices, exotic fruits and cherries into a Mexican-inspired Christmas punch recipe. Just add a generous splash of dark rum for added festive cheer.

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Serves 6

Takes 50 mins


12 cloves
1 orange, quartered
2 cinnamon sticks
½ tsp ground ginger
100g golden granulated sugar
6 red berries infusion tea bags
500g exotic fruit mix
200g pitted dark sweet cherries
1 fresh lime, juiced
clementine slices, to serve
150ml dark rum (optional)


  1. Stud cloves into the skin of each orange quarter.
  2. Add the orange quarters, cinnamon sticks, ginger, sugar and teabags to a pan with 1.3L water. Bring to a simmer, then bubble gently for 30 minutes.
  3. Next add the frozen fruit and the juice of a lime.
  4. Remove the teabags and let the fruit cook in the punch for another 10-15 minutes, keeping the liquid at a simmer.
  5. Keep the punch in a warm place on the stove top. To serve, ladle into cups or heatproof glasses with some fruit, a slice of clementine and, if you like, a 25ml measure of rum per serving.

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