Cold weather makes the outdoors less hospitable. A warm kitchen invites like no other room in the house. Pulling together appetizers, a salad, main dish, and a couple of desserts, is a lot of work but also great fun.
With New Year's Eve tonight, I'm turning to an old favorite, a drink that evokes the sweetness and excitement of the tropics.
Because there are edible pieces of fruit at the bottom, include a spoon so the cocktail can be enjoyed as a drink and an appetizer all in one.
Tropical Rum Cocktail
Time: 10 minutes
1 cup white rum 2 Fuyu persimmons, ripe, slightly soft, finely chopped 1 cup fresh orange juice, sweet 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 4 tablespoons powdered sugar 16 ice cubes
Pour the white rum into a pitcher, add the powdered sugar, and stir well to dissolve. Add the finely chopped persimmons, orange and lime juice, and s…