In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

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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  1. Sherri
    September 19, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    I found this website a couple weeks ago while I was searching for something to bring to a tailgate party. This recipe didn’t disappoint and was a huge hit. Thank you for sharing these recipes. I’m trying the carrot punch next.

  2. Deborah Reed
    April 1, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    I made it for my birthday gathering, it was a hit. I had to make another batch and they were taking to go bottles home. I added mango juice and simple syrup.

  3. Jody
    January 23, 2016 / 11:37 am

    Can’t find coconut rum. What is the malibu used for coconut rum?

  4. Drewsmom
    December 31, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    We were trying to recapture an amazing carribean beach vacation….the punch was amazing! Thanks so much for posting!

  5. Toya
    December 4, 2015 / 1:07 am

    What a great recipe! Taste delicious – will definitely make again 🙂

  6. June 5, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    Fabulous that is the sum of it, this punch stole the show at a pool party I attended a week ago everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe. Will definetly make again this summer.

  7. Cheryl
    May 22, 2015 / 5:51 am

    Made this punch as a celebratory drink for the crew when successfully completing a sailing race. I varied the recipe a bit by only adding 1/2 cup grenadine syrup, as I feel its strong flavor tends to overwhelm drinks. Completely left out the bitters, although may try it next time. Everyone loved it! Great recipe, and does pack quite a punch!

  8. Stacey
    February 20, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    Hey Chris,
    I made this for my 50th birthday party & may I say it was a hit. Had to make it twice in one night. Guest were taking this stuff home in their water bottles!!!
    Great party beverage.
    Thank for the recipe.

  9. Ebony
    November 10, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    This is a great recipe!!! The punch is fabulous!! Going to make this for my Christmas party!!!

    • vincent. calderon
      November 16, 2014 / 3:36 am

      Made tis rum punch during the summer holidays for my x3 sons and their wives,need I say more went down a treat they can’t wait to visit me next summer.They will be most disappointed as I shall be out of the country visiting St.Lucia they will have to make their own.

  10. Sandy Chester
    November 4, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    I will be trying this out on November 15th. Will return with reviews from others who tries it.

  11. Marie Dyer
    October 8, 2014 / 8:43 am

    thanks for this recipe, I will be trying it shortly

  12. Wayne
    July 23, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    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!!

  13. Looks amazing
    March 10, 2014 / 3:21 pm

    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 !

  14. December 28, 2013 / 7:31 pm

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

  15. December 28, 2013 / 7:29 pm

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

  16. CanadianJamaican
    December 28, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    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!

  17. E.Kid
    December 19, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    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.


  18. Felicia
    October 11, 2013 / 9:26 am

    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!”

  19. Ellen
    August 5, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    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!

  20. Ultyma
    March 10, 2013 / 2:45 pm

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

  21. Tom
    March 7, 2013 / 7:55 pm

    Are the bitters necessary?

    • Ultyma
      March 10, 2013 / 2:46 pm

      I didn't find that the bitter made a big difference as the punch on its own is just amazing.

  22. Noon
    January 23, 2013 / 11:24 am


  23. Marilyn
    December 24, 2012 / 7:48 pm

    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.


  24. albert
    December 23, 2012 / 2:32 pm

    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 …..

  25. Tamie
    December 23, 2012 / 12:17 pm

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

  26. December 23, 2012 / 9:38 am

    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!!

    • Nia
      September 4, 2014 / 1:45 pm

      I have been wanting a Rum Punch recipe furlong time, no one was willing to share until now. My cousin said this is an excellent recipe. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to receiving more recipe ideas.

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