Caribbean Rum Punch

July 3, 2019
 With this tasty Caribbean Rum Punch recipe, we're able to enjoy the fabulous tropical flavors of rum punch at home - no plane or cruise tickets needed.  It's the perfect cocktail for sipping poolside, or in a shaded porch rocking chair on a hot day.
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Caribbean Rum Punch In a Glass with Pineapple Wedge Garnish Image

Raise your hand if you've ever been on a Caribbean cruise.  Now, raise your hand if you've ever taken one of those side trips at port that takes you on a little boat cruise or to a fun beach island ... and serves you a seemingly endless cup of rum punch.  

You know the stuff, right?

That really super tasty, goes-down-so-easy, tastes-great-on-a-hot-day rum punch?

Yes, this is a make-at-home version of that punch.  And it's oh, so good.

Thanks to this Caribbean Rum Punch recipe, we're able to enjoy those same fabulous flavors at home - no plane or cruise tickets needed.

I was first introduced to Caribbean Rum Punch on a cruise I took back in my early 20s.  It was the first cruise I'd ever been on, and man, was it fun.

True to form of most Caribbean cruise adventures, we took a side trip to a little beach island one day to play in the sand and waves at one of the port stops.  On the pontoon boat ride to the island, a small band played fun calypso music, we all danced, did the limbo, had a great time ... and drank probably more than our fair share of their tasty rum punch.

And now, thanks to this Caribbean Rum Punch recipe, we're able to enjoy those same fabulous flavors at home - no plane or cruise tickets needed.

It's a perfect cocktail for sipping poolside, or in a shaded porch rocking chair on a hot day.  

Caribbean Rum Punch Cocktail Image

Do be warned with this cocktail, though - it's a strong one.  Which hey, may just be how it got its "punch" name - because it sure packs a big one.

The punch's base is pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix, and then a combination of three liquors - light rum, dark rum, and Triple Sec orange liqueur.

Caribbean Rum Punch Ingredients Image

It then gets its wonderful tropical coconut flavor from a dose of cream of coconut.

Cream of coconut is the sweet, thick, almost syrupy stuff you find in the cocktail mixers section of the grocery store.  It's not coconut milk - the thin, milky stuff that typically comes in a can.

Bottle of Cream of Coconut Image

When the liquors, pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix, and cream of coconut are mixed together, the cocktail mixture will look like this:

How to Make Caribbean Rum Punch Image

Kind of a drab, colorless, almost lifeless mix, don't you think?  Not quite the brightly-colored, fun, screams-of-tropical-paradise drink we think of when we picture rum punch.

So, where does Caribbean Rum Punch get its signature pretty pinkish hue?

From grenadine.

Grenadine is a sweet bright red syrup made from pomegranates, and is the ingredient that gives drinks like Shirley Temples and this rum punch their characteristic pink hue and sweet taste.  You can find grenadine in a small bottle in the drink mixers section of the grocery store {or order Grenadine from Amazon}.

If you don't feel like buying grenadine or can't find it, maraschino cherry juice can be used instead in a pinch.  Just pour off a little of the juice from the jar of cherries.  Be aware the finished drink won't be quite as sweet, or quite as pink, though. 

Bottle of Grenadine Image

To finish off the rum punch cocktail, pour in some grenadine ...

Pouring Grenadine Into Caribbean Rum Punch Image

Then give it a good stir, and watch the color transform into the tropical color we were expecting.

Stirring Grenadine Into Caribbean Rum Punch Image

Garnish the glass with an orange slice, maraschino cherry, and a fresh pineapple wedge if you'd like, and you're ready to sip away on the deliciousness.

Because with this tasty Caribbean Rum Punch, we're able to enjoy the fabulous tropical flavors of rum punch right at home.  It's the perfect cocktail for summer sipping - whether that be poolside, on a shady front porch, or anywhere else that fits your fancy.

Glass of Tropical Rum Punch Image
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Caribbean Rum Punch

With this tasty Caribbean Rum Punch recipe, we're able to enjoy the fabulous tropical flavors of rum punch at home - no plane or cruise tickets needed. It's the perfect cocktail for sipping poolside, or in a shaded porch rocking chair on a hot day.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: total time: 5 M

ingredients:

For each cocktail:

instructions:

How to cook Caribbean Rum Punch

  1. Place light rum, dark rum, Triple Sec, sweet & sour mix, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice in a hurricane-style or other tall cocktail glass. Stir until well combined. Add Grenadine. Stir until the Grenadine is mixed in and the cocktail has changed to a pinkish color.
  2. Add ice to glass and stir for a few seconds to chill the cocktail.
  3. If desired, garnish with an orange slice, fresh pineapple wedge, and/or a maraschino cherry.
  4. Serve immediately. (If you would like to mix this in advance, combine all ingredients without the ice and refrigerate until serving. At serving time, re-stir to combine any ingredients that have settled out and add ice.)
TRACEY'S NOTES
  1. This is a strong cocktail - turn it into 2 servings, if you'd like.
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