This tropical rum punch with ginger beer and pineapple juice will knock your socks off! It's time to kick back in the hammock.
Hide the car keys. I mean it. Right this minute. This rum punch, straw sip-able as it is, will land you on your...well, you know. However, it is all worth it for the feeling of being transported to a Caribbean island, face kissed by the sun and hair gently blown by a salty breeze. My mum, who grew up in Jamaica, is a fan of rum punches. It wasn't until I started doing a little research on these tropical cocktails, however, that I learned the formula for making the perfect punch. It goes something like this: "One part sour, two parts sweet, three parts strong and four parts weak." Is this the Jamaican idea of a nursery rhyme? I must ask my mum the next time I talk to her. It seems equal to the little ditty my dad used to sing to my eldest son to soothe him when he was a baby: "Noilly Prat and Beefeater make the best martinis." Important grandfatherly advice.
After looking through many rum punch recipes, it seems as though the common ingredients to use for the "sweet" part of the formula are a simple syrup (sugar and water) or grenadine syrup. I made a little departure from the standard and cracked open some bottles of ginger beer (like ginger ale, but with more of a gingery kick), which is a drink my mum introduced to me when I was a kid. I replaced the usual pineapple and orange juice mixture with straight pineapple juice for the "weak" part.
Now, if you like rum punch, but prefer to sip on something a little tamer, decrease the amount of rum and increase the pineapple juice. Sit on a sunny patio, crank the Bob Marley tunes and pretend you are in paradise...even if just for an hour.
In a pitcher, combine fresh lime juice...
ginger beer, dark Jamaican rum and pineapple juice. Stir well to combine.
Fill glasses with ice and pour in the punch.
If you prefer to make the punch in advance, mix together all of the ingredients except the ginger beer. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir in the ginger beer immediately before serving.
Other cocktail recipes:
Raspberry Mojito Recipe
Fresh Orange Moscow Mule
Pink Grapefruit Margarita
Rum Punch with Ginger Beer & Pineapple Juice
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 cup ginger beer
- 1 ½ cups Jamaican dark rum
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- In a pitcher, combine lime juice, ginger beer, rum and pineapple juice. Stir well to combine.
- Fill glasses with ice and pour in the punch.
- If you prefer to make the punch in advance, mix together all of the ingredients except the ginger beer. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir in the ginger beer immediately before serving.
The Mayor of Tarpon Springs
Very easy to make and damn tasty. My wife and I had a chuckle over "hide the car keys", but after our second glass realized why. I had to walk a mile to the liquor store for more rum as driving would have been unsafe. The third was just craziness and half the forth I poured stayed in my cup. Skol!
I'm glad you followed the "hide the car keys" advice and equally glad that you enjoyed the rum punch so much! 🙂
Hello , I’m a lover of a good rum punch. Which yours is amazing. What is the self life if I make a batch say a bottle to keep in refrigerator until I’m ready to drink again.please and thanks
Hi Cheryl. Honestly, I'm not sure because we've always made and served it on the same day. But I would guess it would be okay for a couple of days in the fridge.
After I lived in barbados (yeah, it changed into quite extremely good), i drank my fair share of bajan rum punch. And that i heard that identical rhyme! I really love your take on this, it sounds fantastic.
Barbara | Creative Culinary
I just had a Moscow Mule the other night which is made with Ginger Beer. So refreshing and now...I can 'almost' taste this!
I must try this! I'm from the Bahamas and I miss these flavors.
Feast on the Cheap
LOVE this. My favorite flavors in one frosty glass
Swoon...what a great way to enjoy a lazy, steamy summer afternoon. I know what I'm doing this weekend!
Look at you getting all saucy with this rum punch! I don't drink booze but if I did I would be knocking down your door for a glass of this. Neat that your mom is from Jamaica.
amy @ fearless homemaker
how i love rum punch! this takes me back to our honeymoon (just a mere 3 months ago) in the caribbean where it seemed like we drank gallons of the stuff. delicious! i'll be trying out this recipe for sure. =)
Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker
This sounds like a summer drink created just for me - everything I love! I can't wait to try this recipe!