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Puente Punch

A fantastic dessert drink, this creamy cocktail is named after the late timbale-banging band leader Tito Puente, who popularized Latin music around the world. Cyrus Keyhari uses aged Dominican rum to give depth to what he calls "a grown-up Orange Julius."


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  • Servings: makes 1 drink

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  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, at room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup amber rum, preferably Brugal Anejo Dominican Rum


  1. Moisten the outer rim of a highball glass with the lime wedge and coat with sugar. Fill the glass and cocktail shaker with ice. Add the 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, the orange juice, condensed milk, vanilla extract and amber rum; shake well. Strain into the prepared glass.
Contributed By Photo © Earl Carter Published January 2008

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