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The Ultimate Caribbean Rum Punch.

When most people think about the Caribbean (if you’ve never lived on the islands) one of the things which comes to mind is sipping on a cold glass of rum punch, decorated with slices of fresh fruit while sitting taking in the rays on white sandy beach (or a swim-up bar at an all-inclusive resort). Truth be told, rum punch is not as common a drink with locals as you would think. A more classic drink would be rum and coke or if you were in Cuba, a Mojito and if in Puerto Rico, it would be Piña Colada.

I’m going back to my “ultimate” series and in doing so, give you what I think is the perfect rum punch recipe.


You’ll Need…

1 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups grenadine syrup
2 cups rum (Caribbean rum)
1 cup coconut rum
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups orange juice
5-8 drops of Angostura bitters
dash nutmeg

Orange slices, for garnish
Pineapple slices, for garnish

Notes. The traditional way of making rum punch is to use a strong white rum, but I much prefer a dark rum as I love the undertones you get from it. If you don’t have Grenadine, use a simple syrup or if you have a cane juice syrup that would work well also. Be sure to add crushed  or cubed ice before serving.

The only real work here is to squeeze the limes for that freshly squeezed juice we need (you’ll need about 8 limes).  Basically all you have to do is add all the ingredients mentioned above into a large container, mix well and put in the fridge to chill.

If you’d like you can also add 1 cup of carbonated water to the mix before serving for that extra zing.  Then pour into your serving jug or punch bowl, add some ice and watch your guests hover around as they enjoy what is sure to be the ultimate rum punch. Remember to garnish with slices of orange to make everything look pretty. Speaking about punch bowl, I recall my mom had one and to this day I’ve never seen any punch in that thing. My dad used it for tossing receipts and other things from his pocket.. that’s where you’d also find our house keys as well.

Do remember this holiday season to partake in the beverages in moderation and NEVER drink and drive. BTW, you’ll get about 10 cups of rum punch from this recipe and more if you add the carbonated water and ice.

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17 Responses to “The Ultimate Caribbean Rum Punch.”

  1. Wayne says:

    Had a delicious rum pinch in the Virgin Islands years ago. I have tried to reconstruct it with no success. Until now…thank you for a delicious drink! Made a pitcher and took it poolside today. Delish!!

  2. Looks amazing says:

    Hi ,
    this looks amazing! I’d like to make this at my ” trini” inspired wedding , but i do have one question , I want to make this several hours before it is ready to serve ( 6- 7 hours ) , should i wait to add the alcohol in with the ice before serving , so that it does not loose its potency while spending all that time in the fridge ?

    ps. Love your recipes !

  3. Ruel Jr. says:

    Thank you for a fine recipe which I needed, another fine Drink .

  4. Ruel Jr. says:

    Thank you very much for a fine recipe which I needed , just splendid.

  5. CanadianJamaican says:

    I made this punch for a holiday gathering last night. I made it exactly as written using Appleton rum. IT was EPIC. Everyone was just raving, (and a little tipsy!!!!!!) hahaha. Fabulous, fabulous punch! Almost every guest asked for the recipe!

    Great one Chris! and thank you for adding the perfect touch to our holiday!

  6. E.Kid says:

    Hi Chris,
    Recipe sure sounds amazing. Always big fun of rum punch and always had friends around me to make it.
    This time, am hosting and none of my Caribbean friends are around and your recipe has come in very handy.
    Now, it’s time to prepare a bigger portion to serve 30-40 people. Would please you advise me on the proportions of the ingredients?

    I look forward to hearing groom you soon.


  7. Felicia says:

    I made 5 Gallons of this Rum Punch for my Birthday Party. I purchased a 5 Gallon Drink Cooler to serve it in..I went to get a glass and it was GONE!!! I make it all the time and my husbands family is from Trinidian and they say “The Yankee Girl sure knows how to make a wicked rum punch!”

  8. Ellen says:

    Chris, made your rum punch for a BBQ, and it went down a treat. I'm being ask for the recipe. Your recipes a just great!

  9. Ultyma says:

    I made this for New Years and it was a huge hit!

  10. Tom says:

    Are the bitters necessary?

  11. Marilyn says:

    Hi Chris thanks for the rum punch recipe I forgot about that i am so use to just buying the bottle but this is great and its fresh nice keep them coming.


  12. albert says:

    Im using puncheon rum, strong indeed . nice recipe . keep up the good job l enjoy all of the recepies.HAPPY hOLIDAYS Albert from Trincity Trinidad …..

  13. Tamie says:

    Great recipe Chris, I was feeling looking for a good rum punch recipe glad u posted this one…thx Chris love all your recipes

  14. dominique says:

    wow i have been looking for this recipe! By the way I love the emails you send to your subscribers :) keeps me up to date with your recipes thank you!!


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