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Rum Punch Recipe

This rum punch recipe is perfect for parties because it’s quick and easy, and the flavor is amazing. 

It pairs tropical notes from pineapple, lime, and orange juice against light and dark rum. A splash of grenadine offers color and a kiss of sweetness. 

Three glasses of rum punch on tiki glasses filled with ice garnished with cherries and orange slice.
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The result is a rum punch that isn’t too sweet, sour, or potent.

Trust me, everyone at your next get-together will go crazy over this punch!

What Is Rum Punch? 

Rum punch isn’t a new invention. The first records of punch date back to the 1600s. 

The word punch is Hindi for ‘five,’ referencing the number of ingredients in classic punch. 

For the perfect balance of flavor, a good rum punch follows the rhyme, ‘one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.’

This tasty rum punch recipe is like Planter’s Punch, which is almost 200 years old!

With the perfect balance of sweet, strong, and sour notes, there’s a reason it stuck around.

Three glasses of rum punch garnished with cherries and orange slices.

Ingredients 

Here’s everything you need to pull off the perfect rum punch. Don’t worry, I’ll get into more precise measurements at the bottom of the page. 

  • Light and dark rum – Light and dark rum pairing is the trick to this delicious punch. Light rum adds delicate notes, while dark rum adds more complex, bitter notes. Feel free to experiment with different types of rum, like spiced or coconut. 
  • Pineapple juice – How do you make cocktails taste tropical? Pineapple juice! It adds sweet and sour notes and goes with rum like peanut butter and jelly. 
  • Orange juice – For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed orange juice. It provides bright, acidic notes to the cocktail and helps tame the bitter notes from rum. 
  • Lime juice – A great way to make this booze-heavy punch more refreshing is with freshly squeezed lime juice. Skip the stuff in the bottle and squeeze some fresh limes. It makes a world of difference. 
  • Grenadine – Grenadine adds color and the perfect kiss of fruity sweetness. Be sure to opt for a good brand made from pomegranates rather than cherries. 
  • Maraschino cherries – It’s all about that presentation! Maraschino cherries deliver a pop of color and a hidden burst of sweetness. If you don’t have any on hand, that’s ok! It tastes just as good without them.  
  • Orange slices – Orange slices make another great optional garnish. They add a fragrant burst of tropical flavors. 
Rum punch served on a tiki glass filled with ice garnished with cherry and orange slice on stick.

How to Make a Rum Punch

You don’t have to be a skilled mixologist to pull off this party punch. Check out how easily this rum punch comes together. 

1. Pour. Add the light and dark rum. Then, add the pineapple juice, lime juice, orange juice, and grenadine to a large punch bowl. 

2. Stir. Gently stir it until all of the ingredients are well combined. 

3. Serve. Ladle individual servings into ice-filled glasses. Then, garnish it with cherries and orange slices, and enjoy!

Tips and Variations 

Want to make your rum punch the life of the party? Follow these quick tips below! Or, if you want something a little different, I have a few tasty variations, too. 

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  • Fresh is always best! Use fresh orange and lime juice. It will make your punch even more sour and fruitier. At the very least, always skip the bottled lime juice. 
  • Keep it chilly. Rum punch is best nice and chilled. After you mix everything, pop it in the fridge for a few hours. You can also put your serving glasses in the freezer.
  • Sweeten it up. If you prefer sweeter cocktails, that’s an easy fix! Add more grenadine to the punch, and taste. Grenadine is very sweet, so add a little and taste as you go. Or, if you don’t like sweet cocktails, you can skip the grenadine altogether. 
  • Have fun and experiment. A great way to tinker with the flavors of rum punch is to try different types of rum. Coconut rum, for instance, adds another layer of tropical flavors. Or, try a combo of light and spiced rum for even more complex flavor notes. 
  • Too boozy? If you find that this punch is a little too potent, you can dilute it with a little club soda. It’s an easy way to weaken your punch without altering the flavors. Plus, it adds a hint of bubbles!
  • Make a spicy mango rum punch. Love spicy cocktails? Add mango puree with a dash of chili pepper or fresh ginger for a spicy twist. The duo tastes amazing!
  • Try a minty mojito punch. This variation is perfect for summer. Add some fresh mint leaves to the punch, and top it off with a little club soda. It’s oh-so-refreshing and vibrant. 
Top view of rum punch on glasses filled with ice garnished with cherries and slices of orange.

Can I Make Rum Punch Ahead of Time?

Yes! Rum punch is easy to make in advance. Mix everything in the punch bowl, cover, and pop in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

When it’s party time, take it out of the fridge, give it a good stir, and serve!

However, always keep your garnishes separate so they’re at the peak of freshness.

Rum Punch

Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Calories

340

kcal

Try this rum punch for a truly tropical treat! It’s a delicious blend of lime, pineapple, orange juice, and rum. No one can resist it!

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) light rum

  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) dark rum

  • 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) pineapple juice

  • 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) orange juice, freshly squeezed

  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) lime juice, freshly squeezed

  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) grenadine

  • ice cubes

  • maraschino cherries, for garnish

  • orange slices, for garnish

Instructions

  • Pour the light and dark rums, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, and grenadine into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Stir thoroughly until well combined.
  • Pour or ladle the rum punch into ice-filled glasses. Garnish it with maraschino cherries and orange slices.
  • Serve it and enjoy!

Notes

  • Boost your punch’s aesthetic. To elevate the visual appeal and infuse a burst of citrus flavor, float slices of oranges, limes, and lemons directly in the punch.
  • Use fresh juices. While store-bought juices can work in a pinch, fresh-squeezed juices will elevate the taste and freshness of your punch.
  • Chill before serving. If possible, chill the ingredients beforehand or refrigerate the punch 1 hour before serving. This ensures that every glass is refreshing and cool.
Rum Punch

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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