The Caribbean Energy Drink: Guinness Punch

Millennials are often thought as being the yoga-crazed, chia seed drinking, paleo dieting, generation. While some may strive for a healthier lifestyle, others are obsessed with cracking the code for long lasting youth. Everyone has their two cents on what the breakthrough remedy is – perhaps a makeup guru’s secret organic mask, a body builder’s protein tonic, or the next great super food. The quest for vitality has this West Indian millennial desperately trying to understand why her mother puts eggs in Guinness.

Yes you read that correctly – Guinness and eggs.

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“You know your auntie Lily lived past 100?” – West Indian mother

At first I thought my mother was kidding – the Caribbean secret to energy, libido, and vitality is a combination of spices, eggs, and Guinness. Known as “Guinness Punch,” generations have been mixing up this concoction either to get a ‘boost of energy’ or stay cool on a hot summer’s day.

Taking a step back, you’re probably asking how did Guinness end up in the Caribbean. Most likely it is a remnant from Irish settlers who arrived into bonded labour (Rogers, 2007). The inner nerd in me read a very fascinating paper about the Irish in the Caribbean, which you can find here. With British colonization and trading through ports, goods like Guinness would’ve been a regular import. Unlike your regular St. Paddy’s Day pint of party fun, I would argue that Guinness is a respected drink in the Caribbean, often consumed for it’s rumoured health benefits.

A part of Guinness’ historic advertising was the well known slogan “Guinness is Good For You” (Yenne, 2007). So it is not surprising that Guinness would’ve been whipped up into an energy boosting mix to compensate for it’s bitter taste. However the claim is not all ‘airy fairy.’ Researchers from the University of Wisconsin conducted a study using Guinness in 2003 and found that the drink had “a high concentration of antioxidant flavonoids” (Daley, 2007) and that it was “three times more effective than lighter beer in preventing blood clotting” (Daley, 2007). Other claims to fame include its high concentration of iron and low carb count. Skeptical or not, Guinness has certainly made it’s impact in Caribbean culture.

So with that little history lesson behind us, are you ready to learn the secret behind longevity and energy? As always, here is a fun little infographic on what you need:

Guinness Punch

Putting it together:

1. Boil the milk

2. Beat the egg, vanilla, and rum together until you’ve foamed the crap out of them

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3. Cool the milk in an ice bath – you don’t want scrambled eggs

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4. When the milk is room temperature, slowly whisk in the eggs and the condensed milk

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5. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg

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6. Voila! You have eggnog – oh wait…

7. Add a can of the finest Guinness

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8. Serve over ice

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9. Cheers to longevity!

So you’re probably thinking: 1) that’s gross 2) you just ruined that Guinness

The taste isn’t bad (I know, I’m not selling it) – but if you aren’t a beer drinker or a Guinness drinker for that matter, you’re going to have a hard time finding love for this mix. It actually reminds me of a boozy, sweet and bitter eggnog. If you also don’t like eggnog, then I really can’t help you.

I didn’t end up asking how many of these I would have to consume to live past 100 … research for another day.

 

Daley, Jason. “Studies Suggest Headlines are Bad for you.” Popular Science Apr. 2007: 72. Print.
Rodgers, Nini. “The Irish in the Caribbean 1641-1837 An Overview.” Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 5.3 (2007): 145-156.
Yenne, Bill. Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint. John Wiley & Sons, 2007.

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