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There are 5/1 odds on snow falling on Christmas day in England this year. Last year, temperatures peaked at a chilly 6C in London on December 25th. In Kingston, Jamaica temperatures averaged 31C with a refreshing breeze.

Winter in the UK: cold, grey, dull and wet – perfect weather for house parties.

Winter in the Caribbean: hot, bright and sunny – perfect weather for beach parties.

For those of you who dream of a last-minute trip to the Caribbean for Christmas but can’t drag yourself away from your duties at home, Jewel Isle (http://www.jewelisle.com/) can provide the taste, colour and atmosphere of Jamaica wherever you are.

You won’t have to face the cold: invite your friends and family to a Caribbean themed party. You don’t have to be in Kingston to enjoy some traditional Rum Punch. Serve Jamaican party food to soak up the delicious Jewel Isle Punch.

Made from authentic Jamaican over-proof rum to a hush-hush family recipe, Jewel Isle Production Limited’s Rum Punch will warm up any Christmas party and bring it alive with flavours of Jamaica. For the designated drivers and kids at the party, Jewel Isle offers a alcohol-free Fruit Punch based on the special recipe used to create the Rum Punch.

Take a sip of Jewel Isle Rum Punch and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Caribbean. The three varieties of the Rum Punch cocktails - Original Tropical, Pineapple-Ginger and Lemon-Lime - are made from authentic Caribbean ingredients to a traditional Caribbean recipe.

Jewel Isle Rum Punch offers a true taste of the Caribbean and will bring some much needed warmth and party spirit to your Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations – even if the snow is falling outside.

Life is for living: parties are for fun not fuss

The delicious range is made from fruit juices, flavours from the Caribbean and over proof Jamaican rum. The Rum Punch is hand-blended to create the perfect hassle-free party cocktail. All you have to do is open a bottle and pour into a glass with ice. Your guests will feel as warm and as welcome as they would in the Caribbean. The Jewel Isle Rum Punch cocktails don't need any fussy mixing, simply pour and serve. If you can't decide which rum punch cocktail to serve, you can buy a mixed case of all three directly from Jewel Isle today (http://www.jewelisle.com/ or call 020 3234 2000). The cocktails are sold in bottles of 200ml and 750ml, and for larger parties 5-litre bottles are available.

So, leave the mulled wine and whisky for more staid parties. This year celebrate Christmas and the New Year with the fun, flavour and holiday feeling of the Caribbean. After all, we could all do with a celebration at this time of year – so let's celebrate!

-ENDS-

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Jewel Isle Rum Punch is available in a range of sizes including; 200ml, 750ml and five-litre bottles. The 200ml size is sold in cases of 12 or 24 bottles, while the 750ml is available in cases of 6 or 12 bottles.

For more information about Jewel Isle’s Rum Punch range including stockists or to purchase samples please contact Anita Witter, managing director at:

Tel/Fax: 020 3234 2000
Mob: 07947511065
Email: info@jewelisle.com
http://www.jewelisle.com

Christmas in the Caribbean

Christmas is the biggest festival in the Caribbean with plenty of partying, feasting, music and dancing. Masquerade bands play Christmas music on the streets and people wear masks designed to look like cow heads, horse heads, policemen or the devil.

People in the Caribbean usually decorate their houses with Christmas flowers as well as a Christmas tree. Many people re-decorate their houses for Christmas too; walls are painted, new curtains are put up, and new furniture is purchased or old furniture is polished and varnished or repainted.

If you fancy throwing a Caribbean Christmas Party, have plenty of Jewel Isle Rum Punch ready to serve on ice, and serve up some traditional Caribbean Christmas food including chilli prawns, fried chicken, roast potatoes with melted cheese, colourful pilau rice, macaroni cheese pie, and rice and peas. For pudding, mango and rum fruit salad, or a rum and cream bread and butter pudding.

Company information

Jewel Isle Rum Punch is made by Jewel Isle Productions, which is a family business formed in December 2004 by Anita Witter, who is supported by her husband, Carlton, and daughter, Sheryl. Anita Witter is no stranger to business. Her father was a successful and respected businessman in Jamaica, where he owned three bars, a restaurant and acted as a property agent for UK residents who own properties on the island. In addition, Anita’s mother, who moved to Canada in the early 1970s, ran her own successful real estate business. It was a natural progression for Anita to eventually run her own company.

Stepping into her 40s Anita began to analyse her life and came to the conclusion that ‘business was in the blood’. After 16 years working at Coca-Cola, Anita established Jewel Isle Productions Ltd. Making rum punch with the secret family recipe for friends and family on many party occasions was nothing new for Anita, but she began to take note of people’s comments, and as she says: “the light switched on…” There were numerous personal and industry hurdles to overcome but Anita says: “I never lost the smell, the taste, nor the drive, enthusiasm, passion or sight of where we were heading.”

Jewel Isle Rum Punch was officially launched at The Jamaican High Commission In October 2005. Shortly after the launch, the Black Business Initiatives Awards awarded Anita the title of ‘New Entrepreneur 2005’.

Whilst the Tropical Flavour is based on the family recipe, Anita developed the Pineapple-Ginger and Lemon-lime flavours herself, for which she was presented with the Silver Award at the BFIIN (British Female Inventors and Innovative Network) in the Exceptionally Creative category.

For any further media enquiries, samples, photography or to arrange an interview with Anita Witter at Jewel Isle please contact Helen Lewis at helen@foodanddrinktowers.co.uk or on +44 (0) 20 8771 1212. http://www.foodanddrinktowers.com


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