Homemade Jamaican Rum Punch
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Rum Punch

One of the best summer mixed drinks, rum punch combines rum, fruit juices, and grenadine for the perfect way to cool off in the heat. Add a festive umbrella to a hurricane glass and you’ve got yourself a party.

 

Rum Punch Recipe

This recipe yields about 1.5 quarts, enough for six 8 ounce glasses with ice. Many people make this cocktail using their choice of light or dark rum. Traditionally, white or light rum is used for mixed drinks, but dark rum is often used for punch as it has aged longer and tends to have a bolder flavor.

 

If using this recipe for a party, the garnish picks can be made ahead of time, as can the rum mixture, which transports well in a thermal jug. If you want to impress the people you are serving, add the grenadine to the glass and pour the rum mixture over it at the time of serving for a beautiful sunset effect. Extra garnish are always appreciated.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • 2 cups of pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 cups of dark or gold rum
  • 1 tablespoon of grenadine syrup per 16 oz serving glass
  • 1/4 cup of fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • Citrus slices, to garnish
  • Maraschino cherries, to garnish
  • Toothpicks or cocktail sticks for garnish

 

How to Make It

  1. In a 2-quart pitcher, mix the orange, pineapple, and fresh lime juices
  2. Pour in the rum and put aside
  3. Take each Hurricane serving glass and add one tablespoon grenadine syrup
  4. Fill each glass with ice, on top of the grenadine
  5. Using one toothpick or cocktail stick per glass, skewer the citrus slices and cherries
  6. Pour the rum mixture into each glass
  7. For the sunset effect, do not stir
  8. Add the garnish picks and serve

 

Grenadine Variations

This recipe was born in the Caribbean, and each island has given the cocktail its own twist. Jamaica’s recipe includes a much more generous portion of grenadine. If you find grenadine too sweet, feel free to skip the syrup altogether. If you don’t want to miss out on the cool color effect the red syrup provides, try using some of the liquid from the maraschino cherry jar.

 

If you find that most of the store-bought versions of the syrup are overly sweet and would like to use more natural ingredients, consider making your own grenadine. A homemade version adds a tart richness to mixed drinks and takes just a few minutes to make. Heat up 2 cups of pomegranate juice and completely dissolve 2 cups of sugar in the juice. Stir in 2 ounces of pomegranate molasses,1 teaspoon of orange blossom water, and allow to cool completely before bottling.

 

Delicious cocktails that are quick and easy to make are a must at summer parties, or for sipping poolside. This punch fits the bill as your cold, refreshing cocktail under the hot summer sun. Make one today and begin dreaming of a sunny Caribbean beach with each sip.

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