5 Minute Tropical Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe
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Rum punch is the perfect cocktail recipe for parties- luaus, New Year’s Eve, summer patio gatherings, game day and more. This easy recipe has instructions for both single-serve and pitcher.
If you only know one thing about me, know that I love to sip a tropical cocktail at sunset on the beach. Preferably in Costa Rica. Any beach, any cocktail, any sunset. It’s my happy place.
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But living in landlocked Colorado, I don’t get to my happy place as often as I would like. (Although I have some seen some rather epic sunsets in Costa Rica, and I’d love to tell you all about them!)
Solution? Bring beach vibes to Casa Pura Vida. In this post, I’ll give you a little overview of the history of rum punch (’cause I’m nerdy like that) and share with you the perfect delicious rum punch recipe for one or a crowd!
Warning- this classic drink is a huge hit at parties so make sure to prepare a large container of punch if you are having a lot of people over. An Uber on speed dial isn’t a bad idea either.
Looking for more rum recipes? I have a favorite milk based rum cocktail right here.
About Rum Punch – A Little History
So I really love to dance Zumba and SocaFit, and many of my classmates and teachers are from the Caribbean islands.
Every party we have, someone brings their version of rum punch. And there are thousands of versions. When I decided to make my own version, I wanted to know more about the history of rum punch.
Basically, when the English were sailing around the world being jerks as part of the British East India Company, they drank a lot of beer on the ships.
Like 11 pints a day per person. And, they were on the ships for a long time.
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Towards the end of their trips, the beer was rancid and flat. On the return home, they needed a new alcoholic beverage to drink- so they used what they found at their destination.
In the East Indies and the Caribbean, those ingredients were rum, fruit, and spices. a mix was made for the journey home, and rum punch was born.
Today rum drinks are a popular part of mainstream culture throughout the Caribbean islands, and there are as many rum punch recipes as there are families. I think one of the most famous is Jamaican rum punch.
Not a rum fan? Check out this Guava Ginger Moscow Mule recipe.
Best Rum Punch Supplies
These are the things I have on hand in my kitchen to make the most delicious and beautiful cocktails (these are affiliate links):
Paper straws– they are so colorful and easy to compost or biodegrade- these are my current favorite with flamingos, pineapple and palm tree designs on them.
- Whiskey glasses– I like to have a cocktail in a whiskey glass, and these heavy base cocktail glasses are perfect.
- Drink pitcher – I think making individual drinks is a pain so I usually make a pitcher (no ice) and then serve from there. I love this fun pitcher for rum punch- it makes the drink look beautiful.
- Fun Ice Cube Tray– Fun ice cubes are the best! And for this recipe, you could even make red ice cubes and then let the drink change colors as the cubes melt.
Low calorie? I’m obsessed with this 100 calorie paloma margarita.
Anyway- here’s the easy recipe:
Easy Caribbean Rum Punch Recipe
(Printable recipe below with measurements)
Ingredients for (adjust quantities for single serve or pitcher, see below)
- orange juice
- pineapple juice
- resh-squeezed lime juice
- white rum
- grenadine (for color)
- ice cubes
- Pineapple for garnish
Measure ingredients either into a favorite cocktail glass or a large pitcher. Stir and add the desired amount of ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice on the rim, orange slices, lime slices, a fun paper straw, or a fun wood stir stick.
There are two schools of thought on the best way to make a true tropical rum punch. One is to use only fresh juices with natural flavors.
If you have the time and the right equipment (ie my favorite juice machine) it is definitely a cheaper way to go since you can just buy the fruit.
Just use about a quarter of a fresh pineapple and one orange for two drinks.
If you make your own juices, (try this homemade pineapple juice recipe that doesn’t use a juicer!) you can also use a low or no-calorie sweetener like Stevia to really cut down on the calorie count.
You can easily substitute dark rum here instead of light or clear.
You could do some cranberry juice in place of the grenadine to give a little bit more of a tart flavor.
Want a non-alcoholic tropical punch, or want to make a version of this for the kids at the party?
Just substitute water for the rum. This works to make any rum punch recipe you find into a virgin rum punch drink!
Something fun to try (I haven’t tried it yet) would be to try coconut rum in place of the regular rum. You could also float the maraschino cherries in a big bowl of the bunch (virgin or no) to serve at a bigger party.
If I’m just chilling out, then I usually just sip some tropical rum punch while listening to Bob Marley on the porch. But if the rum punch is part of a party, there are a few fun recipes that pair well:
- Easy Costa Rican Black Bean Dip Recipe
- Easy Baked Vegetarian Queso Fundido
- Mango Habanero Chicken Wings Recipe
- Thai Peanut Salad Dressing Recipe
- Costa Rican Arroz con Pollo Recipe
Is rum punch Costa Rican?
In a word- no. We do drink some rum drinks, although we use more our local liquor which is Cacique. We do have a national rum called Ron Centenario, which I love, but you can’t get it in the United States.
As for fruit punch, well, during Costa Rican Christmas, we drink a rum punch that milk based, called rompope. rum punch, while popular at most Costa Rican beach bars, is not really a traditional Costa Rican recipe.
What type of rum should I use?
As a person who loves rum, this question is always so tough for me! There are so many types of delicious rum varieties. For this particular drink, I chose a clear rum because I didn’t want the rum punch to be dark. I feel like the presentation is half the fun of a tropical rum punch drink.
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Tropical Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe
Three fruit juices and clear rum make this easy tropical rum punch cocktail recipe perfect! Single serve and pitcher instructions.
- For a single cocktail:
- 1.5 ounces orange juice
- 1.5 ounces pineapple juice
- 1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 2- 3 oz Bacardi Superior depends on how strong you like it!
- Grenadine for color I used about a tablespoon
- ice pineapple for garnish optional
- For a pitcher:
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup lime juice preferably fresh squeezed
- 1.5 to 2 cups Bacardi Superiorgrenadine for color I used about 1/4 cup
- pineapple for garnish optional
Gather ingredients and mix together with a cocktail stirrer or large spoon if making a pitcher. Serve on ice- garnish with fresh pineapple or maraschino cherries to make the drink more beautiful!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1014Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 128gFiber: 5gSugar: 85gProtein: 5g
Please double-check this information with your favorite nutrition calculator.
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Welcome! I’m Christa, a former high school teacher married to a handsome Costa Rican and mother of two bilingual daughters. I love all things Spanish and bi-cultural, (especially travel and food!) and you’ll find my observations on life here. Thanks for stopping by
This punch is my favorite! It is so easy, so pretty, and SO delicious!
Right? I do love how pretty it is. Thank you for stopping by!
Yum! just Yum! Thanks for sharing!
I am SO excited for this recipe! My daughter and I went for vacation in St John’s in the US Virgin Islands this summer, and these were soooo good there. Now I can make them at home – so excited!
Ahhh that is totally on my bucket list! I’m so glad you love this recipe- we do too! <3 Christa
“Basically, when the English were sailing around the world being jerks as part of the British East India Company”
*sigh* Great, another self-hating white person, exactly what the world needs more of…
Just because I have an opinion about how the English treated indigenous cultures during the colonization does not mean I am self-hating. I can disagree with parts of history without hating myself or other whites. Thanks for visiting! ~Christa
Playing the blame game doesn’t solve problems but creates them. Every culture has “the bad guys”, but to blame an entire culture for what a few have done, extremely wealthy people do, or those who got into power by hook or crook shows little logic. What about the good?
Hi! Love this, but you don’t share the amount of rum needed in a pitcher? Unless I’m missing it? 🙂 Thank you!
You are so right! I am so glad you wrote. I just added it- it’s 2 cups! <3 Christa
You said it has 1,014 calories per serving. That is equivalent to 10 light beers. Are you certain? Regardless, I’m going to mix up a pitcher. Thanks so much.
It’s an auto calculator- so no, not positive but it sure is good!