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15 Must-Try Rum Punch Recipes

In my time mixing drinks, I’ve come across few that match the vibrant flavors of Rum Punch. It’s a spirited mix that reminds me of sunny beaches and lively gatherings. The recipes in this roundup showcase a mix of rum, citrus, and exotic spices that bring the Caribbean right to your palate. Each sip promises a burst of joy and a refreshing escape. They’re easy to whip up, making them perfect for any party or relaxing moment alone. I highly recommend checking out these Rum Punch recipes for your next gathering or chill evening at home.

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Rum Punch

rum punch cocktail with ingredients on the background

The original and classic rum punch recipe uses gold or dark rum in a fruity, tropical mixture of pineapple, lime, and orange juice. You can pour all the ingredients into a pitcher and garnish it with maraschino cherries and orange slices. If you want a nicer presentation, you can serve each glass separately, creating a layer of sunset colors starting with red grenadine and grading up to the yellow pineapple juice.

Bermuda Rum Swizzle

rum swizzle cocktail with orange and pineapple garnish

In honor of the Bermuda rum tradition, the Bermuda Rum Swizzle Cocktail uses Black and Gold Seal rum with orange and pineapple juice. The grenadine and angostura bitters add a lovely bitter balance to the sweet fruit juices. True to its name, the recipe calls for a swizzle stick to churn all the ingredients together, achieving a frothy texture.

Pirate Punch

Pirate Punch

This punch is perfect for themed parties or when you want to enjoy a festive and fruity beverage that takes you straight to the high seas of flavor!

Planter’s Punch

Homemade Sweet Planters Punch with Lime and Mint

This recipe is the simplest punch imaginable, and it best showcases the flavors of rum. Planters Punch combines dark rum with lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters in a shaker. The strained cocktail then receives a dash of soda water for a refreshing, bubbly finish. It’s a close cousin of the classic mojito, but the bitters and grenadine keep it in the realm of rum punch.

Rum Runner

rum runner cocktail with ingredients on the background

This highly alcoholic punch recipe has white and gold rum along with a slew of rich fruit liqueurs including banana and blackberry. Banana and blackberry liqueur are sweet and intense, masking the alcoholic taste of the rum. Topping each cocktail with equal parts pineapple and orange juice adds acid to balance the sweetness.

Caribbean Rum Punch

caribbean rum punch

A true taste of the Caribbean, this punch recipe blends light and dark rum with pineapple juice and cream of coconut. Instead of orange juice, Caribbean rum punch uses triple sec and sweet and sour mix. There’s a lot going on in this cocktail, but it comes together into a creamy, sweet, and tart beverage. 

Jamaican Rum Punch

jamaican rum punch

Jamaican Rum Punch is a classic recipe with lime, pineapple, and orange juice. Since Jamaican rum traditions are known for their spiced rum, you can use a spiced Jamaican rum like Captain Morgan to add a spicy finish to the tropical flavors. This recipe makes up to 8 delicious cocktails, the perfect punch bowl for your party.

Tropical Rum Punch

luau party punch

This elaborate rum punch recipe throws every summertime fruit in, whether they’re tropical or not. It uses whole fruit and fruit juices to blend with coconut rum and peach schnapps. It reminds me of a cross between sangria and Sex on the Beach as it has floating chunks of pineapple, strawberries, and oranges, along with a mix of cranberry cocktails and orange juice

Spiced Apple Rum Punch

spiced apple rum punch

If you’re looking for a fall-inspired rum punch, try this rich and autumnal spiced apple rum punch recipe. It’s a simple three-ingredient recipe involving pouring everything into a large pitcher with ice. The recipe combines apple juice, ginger beer, and light rum for a sweet, spicy, and bubbly fall punch.

Lemonade Rum Punch

lemonade rum punch

For a tropical take on the quintessential summertime drink, this Lemonade Rum Punch spikes storebought lemonade with coconut rum and white rum. It also adds a pour of pineapple juice, which combines with the coconut rum and lemon to invoke a pina colada flavor profile without the cream.

Bayou Rum Punch

bayou rum punch

Inspired by the bayou state of Louisiana, this rum punch blends dark rum and coconut rum with premade fruit punch and orange juice. It makes one cocktail, pouring each ingredient into a shaker and straining it into a short glass. The grenadine turns the beverage a deep red, but it also adds a bitter finish that brings out the nuttiness and spices in the dark rum varieties.

Apple Cider Rum Punch

apple cider rum punch

Another delicious holiday cocktail, this apple cider rum punch blends the rum of your choice with a jug of honey crisp cider and cinnamon sticks for a lovely, spiced finish. If you want an even spicier punch, you can use spiced rum, although dark rum also mingles well with the fruit juice in this punch bowl. The recipe also calls for a cup of orange juice which adds a refreshing tartness.

Blood Orange Rum Punch

blood orange rum punch

Blood oranges are both visually stunning and sweeter than navel oranges, making for a superior ingredient to sweeten a cocktail. This Blood Orange Rum Punch recipe uses blood orange soda for an utterly refreshing, citrusy complement to the white rum. Grenadine comprises the final ingredient, adding a dry and bitter finish that showcases the orange flavor.

Strawberry Limeade Rum Punch

strawberry limeade rum punch

This wonderful strawberry limeade rum punch tastes like a slushie, blending frozen strawberry daiquiri and frozen limeade with ginger ale. You’ll be so enthralled with the sweet and sour flavor and fun mouthfeel to notice the hefty amount of white rum. This recipe asks you to thaw the frozen ingredients, but I like throwing them in a blender for a rum punch smoothie!

Mermaid Rum Punch

mermaid rum punch

A true tropical smoothie, the Mermaid Rum Punch throws frozen lemonade, pineapple juice, and coconut cream in a blender with rum for a creamy and decadent punch. The key to the thick consistency is a banana, which also adds tropical sweetness. The piece de resistance is a drizzle of blue curacao, which adds a whimsical blue-and-white tie-dyed look.

Pink Pirate Rum Punch

rum punch with mint garnish

This deep pink rum punch gets its color from cranberry juice. Cranberry and pineapple juice provides a tart and tropical foundation for the blend of rum, coconut rum, and banana liqueur. Bananas and coconut are the epitomes of tropical pairings, adding a nutty sweetness to the fruit juices.

An inviting Caribbean beach scene with a focus on a large, crystal-clear glass of Rum Punch, garnished with a slice of pineapple and a cherry. The glass is placed on a rustic wooden table, with a backdrop of white sandy beach, turquoise ocean, and a clear blue sky. Around the glass are scattered ingredients like lime slices, mint leaves, and a small bottle of rum, capturing the essence of the tropical drink. Palm trees gently swaying in the breeze and a hammock tied between two trees add to the relaxed, vacation vibe of the scene.

15 Rum Punch Recipe Ideas

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.8 from 4 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rum punch ideas, rum punch recipes
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

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