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5 Minute Tropical Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe

Rum punch cocktail in glass with ice and umbrella.

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 cocktails at sunset on the beach. 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 rum punch recipe for one or a crowd!

Looking for more rum recipes? I have a favorite milk based rum cocktail right here.

bottles of bacardi with fresh pineapple, lime and glass of rum punch

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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pitcher of tropical rum punch with fresh fruit garnish

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.

Not a rum fan? Check out this Guava Ginger Moscow Mule recipe.

rum punch in glass and pitcher

Best Rum Punch Supplies

These are the things I have on hand in my kitchen to make the most delicious and beautiful cocktails:

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:

two glasses of rum punch cocktail with ice and lime garnish

Easy Rum Punch Recipe

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for single-serve

  •  1.5-ounce orange juice
  •  1.5-ounce pineapple juice
  •  1.5-ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  •  2-3 ounces white rum
  • Approx. 1 tablespoon grenadine (for color)
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • Pineapple for garnish

Ingredients for a pitcher

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cups white rum
  • Approx. 3 tablespoons grenadine (for color)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Pineapple for garnish

Instructions:

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, a fun paper straw, or a fun wood stir stick.

bottle of bacardi light rum next to rum punch drinks

Substitutions

There are two schools of thought on the best way to make a true tropical rum punch. One is to use only fresh juices.

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. 

Variations

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!

rum punch cocktail in glass with paper straw

Serving Suggestions

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:

rum punch in glass with ice, cherry and lime garnish

FAQ

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.

Printable Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Tropical Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe

Rum punch in glass with ice, cherry and lime garnish.

Three fruit juices and clear rum make this easy tropical rum punch cocktail recipe perfect! Single serve and pitcher instructions.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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
  • ice
  • pineapple for garnish optional

Instructions

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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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1014Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 128gFiber: 5gSugar: 85gProtein: 5g

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    wilhelmina
    December 30, 2019 at 5:01 am

    This punch is my favorite! It is so easy, so pretty, and SO delicious!

    • Reply
      Christa
      December 30, 2019 at 11:33 am

      Right? I do love how pretty it is. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Julie
    December 30, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Yum! just Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Erica Schwarz
    December 30, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Christa
      December 30, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      Ahhh that is totally on my bucket list! I’m so glad you love this recipe- we do too! <3 Christa

  • Reply
    Dr. Richard R. Ape
    December 15, 2020 at 1:45 am

    “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…

    • Reply
      Christa
      December 18, 2020 at 10:30 am

      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

  • Reply
    Katherine T Doan
    April 12, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Hi! Love this, but you don’t share the amount of rum needed in a pitcher? Unless I’m missing it? 🙂 Thank you!

    • Reply
      Christa
      April 13, 2021 at 8:57 am

      You are so right! I am so glad you wrote. I just added it- it’s 2 cups! <3 Christa

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