The Jamaican rum punch cocktail recipe is a classic, made with the famous Wray & Nephew white rum and Jamaican Appleton dark rum. Rum punch is not just a cocktail you drink on holiday in Jamaica. It’s great for your parties at home because you can make big batches of this “help-yourself” drink.
Jamaican Rum Punch Cocktail
Jamaican rum punch is a fruity drink with a rum base. This tropical rum is popular among tourists and Jamaicans alike.
This easy-to-make rum punch is made with simple ingredients; fruit punch, pineapple juice, lime and of course the rum! And if you want to spice up your rum punch, add a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon.
The secret formula to making a good Jamaican rum punch cocktail is 1 part sour, 2 parts sweet, 3 parts strong and 4 parts weak. The lime is sour, the syrup is sweet, the rum is strong, and the fruit juice is weak.
What Rum Is Best For Rum Punch?
If you’re going to make a Jamaican rum punch cocktail, you have to use Jamaican rum. Jamaican rum is one of the best in the world, so why wouldn’t you use it?
The best rum for your rum punch is the famous Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum and Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, which are used in this recipe.
Use a fruit punch of your choice as long as it is fruity like it was made from real fruits. Rum punch cocktail should have a tropical flavour.
What Goes In Jamaican Rum Punch
Here are the list of ingredients for rum punch:
- Rum: Of course rum, Wray and Nephew white overproof rum and Appleton dark rum.
- Syrup: I am using Grace strawberry, but you could also use cherry syrup. Use any syrup as long as it is a red fruit syrup.
- Fruit juice: You could use the fruit punch for making this rum cocktail because fruit punch is made with various fruits. And this was how rum punch was traditionally made. But using an additional fruit juice will give the rum punch a bit more punch!
- Lime: Is essential to the recipe.
- Add a bit of zing: Using spices is optional. It’s not traditionally used when making rum punch, but try it and see if you like it.
How To Make
You can make the rum punch in a cocktail shaker as I did or a punch bowl if you’re making large amounts. Using a cocktail shaker is great for when you’re making the rum punch for one to two people at a time.
When using a cocktail shaker, add ice, then all the ingredients, close and shake vigorously. However, when making a large amount, don’t add ice because it will dilute the rum punch before serving.
It is good to leave the rum punch to sit for a while before serving. So you can make the rum punch an hour or two before the party starts. But remember not to add ice!
Can Rum Punch Get You Drunk?
Yes, rum punch can get you drunk. But it depends on the amount you drink, your body mass and whether you’re male or female.
Like any cocktail drink, rum punch tastes more like fruit juice than an alcoholic beverage. And this can trick you into drinking more than you can handle.
Remember to drink responsibly when having any drink that contains alcohol.
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Jamaican Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe
- 120 ml (½ cups) White rum
- 60 ml (¼ cups) Dark rum
- 120 ml (½ cups) Strawberry syrup
- 120 ml (½ cups) Fruit punch
- 120 ml (½ cups) Pineapple juice
- 60 ml (¼ cups) Lime Juice
- pinch Cinnamon (optional)
- pinch Nutmeg (optional)
- Add ice to your cocktail shaker along with the rest of the ingredients (lime juice, rum, syrup, fruit punch, pineapple juice, cinnamon and nutmeg).
- Shake vigorously 10 times and pour over ice.
- If you're using a rum punch bowl, pour all the ingredients into the bowl and give it a good mix. Leave to sit for a little while before serving over ice.
- The cinnamon and nutmeg are optional, but once you try them, you won’t make your rum punch without them.
- Remember to leave the rum punch to sit for a little while before serving if you make it in a bowl. Don’t add ice!
- One serving in the hurricane glasses I used is 420ml or 14oz.