Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Jamaican Rum Punch

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The Jamaican rum punch is the quintessential punch at most Caribbean soirees. It is fruity and sweet and the Wray & Nephew white rum just makes it all come together as one delicious summer cocktail experience.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

It packs a punch that will give you a taste of tropical paradise with every sip. This boozy drink is about to become your favorite summer cocktail. In the voice of thee Wendy Williams, It’s an icon, It’s a legend…the Jamaican rum punch is the moment.

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This rum punch recipe is the perfect make-ahead punch to make entertaining a breeze. You may also prepare the rum punch a day in advance, mix all ingredients except the ice in a pitcher and chill it in the fridge until ready to serve. You can also prepare your garnishes in advance as well. This will definitely save some time.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

More rum-based cocktails for you to enjoy:

Jamaican Rum Cream

I love the simplicity of this rum punch recipe, it’s super easy to whip up, only requires 5 easy ingredients, no special equipment, and is easily scaled up for a crowd. It’s perfect for summer cookouts, potlucks, beach parties, and holidays. It’s the perfect summer cocktail that you can also enjoy all year round.

I have included instructions on how to make a single-serving cocktail in the “variation section”.

Cheers! xx

Jamaican rum punch (classic)
Jamaican rum punch (classic)

What Is Rum Punch?

A rum punch is a fruit juice and rum cocktail.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

The Classic Jamaican Rum Punch Formula

There is a slew of Jamaican rum punch recipes online. Most recipes use multiple rum combinations or flavored or aged rums. But the classic Jamaican rum punch recipes only require the Jamaican white rum and are historically crafted using this easy-to-remember formula “rhyme”. One part sour, two parts sweet, three parts strong, and lastly four parts weak.

Let me break this down for you.

The “sour” agent in the Jamaican rum punch is the lime juice, that’s 1 part lime juice.

The “sweet” agent refers to the sweetened Jamaican syrup, so that’s 2 parts syrup.

The “strong” agent is the star of the rum punch, the Wray and Nephew White Rum, so that’s 3 parts rum.

And lastly, the “weak” agent is your citrus juice – pineapple juice, so that’s 4 parts pineapple juice. Easy, right?

The rum punch is also best served cold over plenty of ice. Ice is essential, don’t leave it out!

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Um, What Does One Part Even Mean?

Great question! One part is not an exact measurement. It’s a relative measurement. It could be cups, tablespoons, ounces, or any other type of measurement you choose.

The rum punch recipe calls for 1 part lime juice and 2 parts syrup. The ratio of those two ingredients is 2 to 1. The amount of syrup is double that of the lime juice. The rum is 3 times that of the lime juice and the pineapple juice is 4 times the amount of the lime juice.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

As long as you use the same basic measurement for each ingredient, whether it is tablespoons, teaspoons, cups, ounces, or pounds, and then multiply this measurement by the number of “parts” in the recipe, you’ll be fine! The unit of measure will be determined by the quantity of rum punch you’re planning to make. I hope this makes sense.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Types Of Rum

Let’s briefly talk about the different types of rums, shall we? Most rum punch recipes call for one or more types of rum. This recipe is not one of them. as this is a classic Jamaican rum punch recipe. Of course, you’re welcome to use any combination of the different varieties. Different types of rum add depth and complexity to the cocktail.

Types of rum:

  • Dark rum has a deep, caramel flavor and notes of cinnamon and spices
  • White rum has a straightforward flavor rum with the signature fruity finish
  • Aged rum, aka golden or añejo rum, has notes of vanilla, coconut, almond, citrus, or caramel
  • Coconut rum is a sweet coconut-flavored liqueur made with rum (Malibu is the most popular) but I love Ricardo’s Coconut Rum from the Bahamas.

Rum is the alcohol made by fermented and distilled sugarcane.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Which Rum Is Best For Rum Punch?

Use a Jamaican rum. The Wray and Nephew White Rum is typically the rum of choice for Jamaicans. It’s an intricate part of Jamaican culture, tradition, and everyday life. But, of course, the choice of rum is entirely up to you. I highly recommend using good-quality rum.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Wray and Nephew White Rum

As I mentioned, the Wray and Nephew White Rum is an intricate part of Jamaican culture. It accounts for 90% of the rum sold on the island. Wray & Nephew is handcrafted in Jamaica’s Nassau Valley, produced in small batch distillation, un-aged, at 125.5% proof (63% alcohol per volume) – it’s super strong rum and makes for a super strong rum punch.

Wray & Nephew was founded by Charles John Wray, a Scotsman who migrated to Jamaica in the early 1800s. He opened the Shakespeare Tavern in Kingston in 1825. In 1860 he brought in his Nephew, Charles James Ward to manage the business aspect of the company, thus the name Wray and Nephew.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Can I Use Flavored Rum For This Rum Punch Recipe?

The traditional Jamaican rum-punch recipe does not contain flavored rum but you are free to experiment and get creative. I have listed a few suggestions in the “Variation” section for you.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Tips for the Best Jamaican Rum Punch

  1. Use good quality rum. I highly recommend the Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum. It’s the rum of choice in Jamaica.
  2. Use fresh lime juice. You’ll taste the difference.
  3. Allow the punch to sit at least for an hour before serving to allow the rum punch flavors to fuse.
  4. The rum punch is best enjoyed cold and with lots of ice. Fill the hurricane glass with ice first, then add the rum punch. The punch is super strong so you’ll need the ice for a little dilution.

More summer cocktails for you to try:

Jamaican Rum Cream

The Best Strawberry Margarita

Caribbean Holiday Punch

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Ingredients Rundown

Ingredients To Make Jamaican Rum Punch

Fresh Lime Juice – fresh is always best and in a pitch you can use the bottled lime juice.

Fruit Punch Syrup – I used the Grace fruit punch syrup. This is a Jamaican made syrup. This syrup will give the rum punch that signature color plus fruit punch flavor and sweetness. The traditional Jamaican rum punch recipe typically calls for Jamaican syrup and I understand that might not be readily available to you depending where you are located. In a pinch you can you use grenadine (homemade or store-bought), simple syrup (homemade or store-bought) or the syrup from the Maraschino cherry syrup.

Wray and Nephew white rum – I highly recommend using good-quality rum. The Wray and Nephew White Rum is typically Jamiaicans rum of choice for rum punch. So I strongly recommend this Jamaican rum, but the choice of rum is completely up to you.

Pineapple Juice – I used the Dole brand pineapple juice, but you can use whatever brand is your favorite. If you’re using fresh pineapple juice – peel and core one ripe pineapple then cut it into small chunks and add it to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Strain using a fine-mesh strainer or muslin cloth. You can also use orange juice (fresh or from the carton).

Allspice Berries (Pimento Seeds) – This ingredient is optional but highly recommended. It really elevates the rum punch and adds a mild spice mellowness that excites the tastebuds. You can also add a pinch of nutmeg if you dont have pimento seeds.

*** The full recipe, including all ingredients, measurements, instructions, and recipe video 🎥 (coming soon) is located in the recipe card below.
Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Recipe FAQs

Substitutions

I covered them in depth in the ingredients breakdown section (scroll up)

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Variations

I intentionally kept this recipe classic so any variations will deviate from that, but in the interest of providing you with options here are a few suggestions to get you started:

You can add 1/2 white rum and 1/2 amber or dark rum. If you have access to the Kingston 62 Gold Rum, I highly recommend this Jamaican rum or you can use your fave. You can also add some coconut rum for delicious notes of coconut.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

How Do I Make The Rum Punch Less Strong?

  • If you find the rum punch too strong you can dilute it. Add more pineapple juice to the punch.
  • You can also convert it to a Planter’s punch by filling the hurricane glass with 1/4 rum punch and filling the rest of the glass with orange juice. This way you get the flavor and tropical vibes of the rum punch without watering it down.
Jamaican rum punch (classic)

How To Make a Single-Serving Rum Punch?

Single Serving Rum Punch (yields 10 ounces)

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Food Pairings

What Goes Well With Rum Punch?

Ice cold rum punch paired perfectly with all your summer eats. It’s perfect for your potlucks, celebratory dinners, beach parties, at-home happy hours, weekend brunches, summer cookouts, and Sunday dinners too! Basically, all of your special moments.

Here are few of my favorite dishes to enjoy with rum punch:

Jerk Butter Seafood Boil

Jerk Chicken (Oven-Roasted)

Extra Crispy Curry Fried Chicken

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Got Leftovers?

How To Store Rum Punch In The Fridge?

Pour the punch into a container with a lid. The rum will act as a preservative to prevent juices from spoiling. Rum punch can last up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Although rum punch is unlikely to spoil, it is recommended to consume it within a week.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

Can I Store Leftover Rum Punch In The Freezer?

You sure can. You can also freeze the rum punch in freezer bags without the garnishes for up to two months.

Liquor (between 40 and 80 proof) generally does not freeze in at home freezer temperatures.  So you’ll have more of a slushy than solid ice.

Jamaican rum punch (classic)

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Jamaican Rum Punch

Jamaican Rum Punch

This Jamaican rum punch is about to become your favorite summer cocktail. It is refreshing, super easy to whip up, and perfect for summer cookouts, potlucks, beach parties, and holidays.

Recipe by Kerri-Ann Bryan
5 from 3 votes
Course: CocktailCuisine: JamaicanDifficulty: Easy
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8

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Prep time

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Gather Your Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add lime juice, fruit punch syrup, rum, pineapple juice, and allspice berries to a pitcher and stir.
  • Place the rum punch in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour to allow the flavors to fuse.
  • Stir rum punch to combine once you remove it from the fridge.
  • Fill the hurricane glass with ice first, then add the rum punch. The rum is super strong so you’ll need the ice for a bit of dilution.
  • Garnish with maraschino cherries, grilled pineapple wedges, cocktail umbrella, and paper straw, and enjoy! (garnishes are optional)

Kerri’s Recipe Tips

  • Use good quality rum. I highly recommend the Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum. It’s the rum of choice in Jamaica.
  • Use fresh lime juice. You’ll taste the difference.
  • Allow the punch to sit for an hour before serving to allow the rum punch flavors to fuse.
  • If you’re using fresh pineapple juice – peel and core one ripe pineapple then cut it into small chunks and add it to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Strain using a fine-mesh strainer or muslin cloth.
  • The rum punch is best enjoyed cold and with lots of ice. Fill the hurricane glass with ice first, then add the rum punch. The rum is super strong so you’ll need the ice for a bit of dilution.
  • You control the strength of this punch recipe. Add more or less pineapple juice to make it stronger or weaker.
  • I ALWAYS recommend reading through the recipe in full a couple of times before starting. That way you know exactly what to expect and you can prep accordingly.
  • Gather all your ingredients before you start making the rum punch. This way you don’t forget to add an ingredient or two. It has happened so many times that I use “mise en place” to save my sanity and the recipe.
  • For your convenience, you can automatically generate a shopping list of all the ingredients + save the recipe (scroll ↓).

Nutrition Information

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