A Caribbean born spirit, rum is a distillate of sugar cane with several varieties. Rum can be aged or unaged, with the youngest rums having the harshest alcoholic bite and the older gums having a complex flavor with a smoother finish.
Aged or unaged, rum is a rich spirit that has inspired a long list of world-famous cocktails, from Mojitos to Pina Coladas. One of the most popular summer party rum cocktails is rum punch.
Read on to discover a wealth of rum punch recipes to spice up your next tropical shindig.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A true taste of the Caribbean, this rum 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 is a classic rum punch 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.
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.
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.
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 two rum varieties.
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.
The recipe also calls for a cup of orange juice which adds a refreshing tartness.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Rum punches are easy to make and the perfect adult party centerpiece. Whether you want a classic rum punch recipe or an elaborate rum punch smoothie, you’ll find a diverse array of flavors and combinations on my list of rum punch recipes.
Let me know which recipe you enjoyed the most in the comments below!
I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.
In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.