Rum punch is a Caribbean concoction that adds a tropical twist to fruit punch recipes. Traditionally an assortment of fruit juices, punch originally came to the UK from India, before Jamaican rum was added to the drink further down the line. Its name derives from the Sanskrit word for “five”, which is a nod towards the five key ingredients that usually make up this cocktail — alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices. Some of the ingredients, such as the fruit juice, can be switched to suit your tastes, although you can’t go wrong with traditional rum punch. The native fruits found in these cocktails, like orange and pineapple, provide a natural sweetness that is the ideal match for most types of rum.
These Caribbean cocktail recipes perfectly combine sweet and sour flavours to create fantastic weekend drinks. Follow our selection of rum punch recipes and transport yourself to a paradise beach in the tropics. And if you don’t have liquor in your drinks cabinet, don’t worry, as we can deliver it to your doorstep in just 30 minutes.
This sweet orange rum punch recipe makes enough for two glasses and allows you to choose whichever type of rum you fancy.
175ml orange juice
150ml rum (either light or dark—we’ve used light in this recipe)
75ml lime juice
50ml sugar syrup
Dash of grenadine syrup
Dash of Angostura syrup
Ice cubes, for serving
Generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 thick slices of orange, for garnish
Maraschino cherries, to garnish
This Jamaican rum punch recipe is a little different as the main ingredient is pineapple juice, making it a tropical favourite. It’s quick and easy to make, and all you need is a few minutes to concoct this cool drink. Remember not to skimp on the lime juice as it adds a zesty twist and packs a punch.
Makes one pitcher
400ml pineapple juice
400ml orange juice
300ml dark rum
50ml lime juice
45ml grenadine syrup
Ice cubes, to serve
Citrus slices, to garnish
Maraschino cherries to garnish
This Bacardi rum punch is perfect for any party, with its delicious mix of fruity juices. Bring a taste of the Caribbean to your party with this simple recipe, which makes enough for one large punch bowl.
25ml orange juice
25ml pineapple juice
10ml cranberry juice
10ml Bacardi Carta Negra rum
1 lemon, sliced
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