Aniette has been my friend for many years now… since high school, now that I think about it. We might not be in contact very frequently, but when we get together is like time has not passed by. We have been with each other thru many good and not so good times and I am very grateful and fortunate to call her my friend… Aniette is the original creator of the Sweet Red Pepper Dip – she was the one who showed me how to make it after a long guessing session trying to decipher what was the dip made off. Aniette is also fluent in French… ever since high school she was reading full novels in French. I invited her to our little French-speaking soiree, but she was planning a romantic weekend with her husband, so I could not really coax her into coming to my house to just speak French… no contest there.
But even though she was not here in person, she was with us in spirit… because the signature drink I served up at our French get-together was also inspired by Aniette – I had a version of this “bull” at a get-together we had at Chez Aniette a few months back. I almost drank the whole pitcher by myself… I was blown away by how delicious it tasted.
Why call it a “bull”?? I don’t know… Don’t shoot the messenger here, but in Puerto Rico we call a punch, like the kind served at the high school parties you see in the movies, a “bull”, pronounced “bul” – short U and short L. And a punch bowl is called a “bulera”. Hey… I don’t make this stuff up. Besides, this will be a fun anecdote to tell around the “bulera” the next time you’re invited to a party, no??
This is an adaptation of Aniette’s original recipe, because I could not find all the ingredients I wanted for the original version… but the alternate was a hit as well, and so, I still give Aniette full credit.
1 can frozen passion fruit juice concentrate 16oz of guava juice 8oz of grape juice 8 oz of orange juice 1 bottle of Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider – non-alcoholic
Allow the frozen concentrate to thaw out a bit in the fridge.
Mix all the ingredients in a pitcher.
Serve chilled over ice.