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Rum punch has become a classic cocktail that instantly makes you feel like you are on vacation. Rum and fruit juices come together to create a flavorful and beautiful rum punch recipe!
Take yourself on an island vacation – no worries, no responsibilities, just a fruity drink that is too cold to pick up sitting on the table, begging you to sip it.
My rum punch recipe conjures up these images and gives you an excuse to turn off your notifications, ignore your emails, and just breathe.
I love making a good mixed drink. Today, I’m showing you how to make a classic rum punch!
It’s a fairly basic drink, but the flavors have a somewhat magical power that instantly transports you to a tropical island where the sun is shining, the water is crystal clear, and the drinks are flowing.
Missing the waves of the beach this week, I think a little sunshine in a glass would be most welcome.
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As you can imagine, there are many different rum punch recipes. However, I found that most rum punches include:
- Pineapple Juice – It’s easiest to just use some canned pineapple juice, but you can also juice a pineapple for a really fresh flavor.
- Orange Juice – Use pulp-free orange juice that is low in added sugar.
- Grenadine – This syrup gives it the marbled, sunset look with a sweet and tart taste.
- Rum – Use both dark rum and coconut rum. I feel the addition of coconut rum really gives it that tropical beachy flavor!
Beyond the flavor, one of my favorite things about this cocktail is the happiness-inducing color!
How to Make
The ombre effect comes from the grenadine that sinks to the bottom and a little bit of dark rum that floats on the top. Isn’t it beautiful?
Let’s mix one up!
You don’t even need any shakers or fancy equipment. Just pour the pineapple and orange juice into your glass. Then, add both types of rum and stir it all together.
Slowly pour a splash of grenadine and let it sink to the bottom. Add a little bit of dark rum to the top. Garnish with a slice of lime!
Frequently Asked Questions
Before we get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about rum punch. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.
Can you make rum punch ahead of time?
Yes, this is a fantastic drink to make for a party! All you have to do is make more of it at once – about 2 quarts. Then, store it in the refrigerator until party time. It will stay fresh in the fridge for about 3 days.
What is the best type of rum for rum punch?
Malibu Original is my favorite type of rum to use in mixed drinks. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum has an island flair that you will love too.
What type of glass do you use to serve rum?
Rum is usually served in either a brandy snifter or a glass that is shaped like a tulip. But, for this rum punch, I just used a long skinny glass.
Is rum punch high in sugar?
Yes, since I used both pineapple and orange juice, this rum punch is high in sugar. It’s worth every single calorie, though!
Although this rum punch looks gorgeous, I like to give it a little stir to get everything all mixed up before sipping the day way. This punch is perfect for parties or to celebrate special occasions.
You are going to love it!
Cheers to this delicious and tropical rum punch recipe!
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- 3 ounces pineapple juice
- 2 ounces orange juice
- 1 ounce dark rum plus 1/2 ounce to splash on top
- 1 ounce coconut rum
- splash of grenadine
- lime slice for garnish
- In a glass, pour in the pineapple juice, orange juice, 1 ounce dark rum, and 1 ounce coconut rum. Gently stir.
- Then slowly pour in a splash of grenadine. The grenadine will sink to the bottom giving you that gorgeous coloring.
- Then, add 1/2 ounce of the dark rum to the top.
- Garnish with a slice of lime and float away into a tropical paradise.
I just love this classic recipe. So delicious! Thank you!!
Do you think it would effect the flavor if i used white rum instead of dark?? Just trying to find recipes to know off the top of my head for the stuff i usually have in the pantry 😁 #collegebudget #learningaboutmixology lol
It will slightly, but I think you’ll be totally fine. 🙂
Looks delicious! Would this cocktail work in big batches in a drink dispenser or punch bowl?
I have a golf tournament coming up and I would like to make this but I see this recipe is only for one drink at a time. Do you have a recipe that I could use on a larger scale?
You are so right that these colors have a total happiness effect! I’m pinning now and can’t wait to give this a try next time we entertain.
thank you! when we were in New Orleans back in 2011, I thoroughly enjoyed the rum punch in a club called the cat’s meow! soo good! im gonna whip this up tonight! thanks!
Absolutely perfect for a “escape the winter” cocktail party!
Exactly. Close your eyes and sip away. You’ll be transported instantly.
Gorgeous, and that sounds amazingly tasty with the grenadine. I had a fabulous rum punch in Penzance (served to me by people in, yes, pirate costumes) at the Golowan festival. They said their secret was in making a simple syrup infused with spices. Alas, I have yet to recreate the right blend of spices, but it’s an effort I’m willing to pursue. 😉
The grenadine adds great flavor and color. The spiced simple syrup sounds fabulous! You’ll have to let me know if you come up with the right combo. I’d love to give it a try.
Hello, I agree with all that you spoke about above…But One thing I am thinking a pitcher of these and some friends and a good movie would be a good start to a Saturday evening…lol Just Saying… Thanks for sharing this I was just wondering where I could find this recipe,. By the way, we went a cruise with 30 other people from our home town area, and we all sure enjoyed the Miami Vice, Blended drinks…Half Pina-Colada and Half Strawberry Daiquirí poured into a glass at the sametime…so you need to blenders..See, you need a friend to make and share these with…
Nice I like
Love your fancy shirt! 🙂 good luck making your pie: can’t wait to see it finished.
I’ll take all the luck I can get. It should be interesting (but hopefully delicious)!!
I love it that your plaid shirt totally matches the drinks. I want to adopt you and Nate Berkus. We’ll have great parties with amazing food and drinks in our well put together home. LOL
Hahaha. That sounds like a plan to me!
Hi I like that