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    How to make rum punch

    July 28, 2020

    How to make rum punch


    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 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 recipes and learn how to make rum punch by transporting 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.

    Rum punch recipes

    How to make traditional rum punch

    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


    1. Pour the orange and lime juice, white rum, sugar syrup, grenadine and Angostura into a large jug and give it a stir
    2. Chill in the fridge for one hour
    3. Serve over ice cubes, sprinkle the nutmeg and garnish with an orange slice and Maraschino cherry (speared with a cocktail stick)

    How to make Jamaican rum punch

    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


    1. Combine the pineapple, lime and orange juice, as well as the dark rum, and stir well
    2. Prepare the cocktail glasses by pouring one tablespoon of grenadine syrup into each glass and add the ice cubes
    3. Pop the citrus slices and Maraschino cherries onto cocktail sticks, ready for garnishing
    4. Pour the rum mix into the glasses — and don’t forget the garnish

    How to make Bacardi rum punch

    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.



    1. In a large container, mix all of the liquid ingredients and place in the fridge until chilled
    2. Once refrigerated, pour into a large punch bowl with ice
    3. Garnish the bowl with floating lemon slices

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