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Caribbean Rum Punch (The Perfect Summer Cocktail)

Who doesn’t like a nice cold and refreshing drink on a hot summers day. Ideally served along side some good food, (Bajan Fish Cakes anyone!?) and good friends, this rum punch fits the bill for any summer party. Especially a national holiday such as Canada Day!

This Caribbean Rum Punch recipe is the drink of choice for many tourists visiting the island, and luckily is very easy to make!

A pint bottle of Mount Gay XO rum beside a leom and some rum punch garnishes.

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Bajan Rum punch is thirst quenching, and best of all so good! While it can be flavored with an endless combination of fruit juices to create unique flavor variations, it’s important to use a good quality rum to really set this Caribbean Rum Punch recipe above the rest.

Mount Gay Eclipse or Mount Gay Extra Old are ideal, (and the traditional Barbadian choice!) and blend beautifully with the rest of the ingredients. Barbadians even have a simple rhyme to remember this rum punch recipe by:

One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak. A dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice, serves well chilled, with plenty of ice!

Easy enough to remember isn’t it!? With only five ingredients this rum punch couldn’t be easier to mix up, and best of all, no special bartending skills are required!

Carribean Rum Punch

  • One part (1/4 cup)   – Fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice (though any citrus will do)
  • Two parts (1/2 cup) – Brown Sugar
  • Three Parts (3/4 cup) – Dark Rum
  • Four Parts (1 cup) – Water or Fruit Juice (I used Watermelon Juice)

In regards to the bitters and spice, a dash or two of Angostura Bitter(affiliate) and a sprinkle of nutmeg are added to each glass. For a pop of color serve the Rum Punch in a pitcher and throw in some cucumber slices.

While the recipe calls for lemon or lime juice, feel free to experiment and use other citrus juices. Why not try fresh orange or grapefruit juice?

This Bajan Rum Punch will last almost indefinitely in the fridge, but let’s be serious, you’ll be lucky if it lasts the day!

Be warned this rum punch goes down very easy and can pack a nasty punch if you drink too much! Before you know it, you’ll be face down in the sand! Serve with plenty of ice, and as always drink responsibly and have fun!

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a glass of real bajan rum punch on a picnic table

Caribbean Rum Punch

Markus Mueller | Earth, Food, and Fire
The perfect (and easy to make) party drink, this traditional Bajan rum punch is perfectly suited to any occasion!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drink
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4 drinks
Calories 674.2 kcal


  • ¼ cup Fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice though any citrus will do
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cup Dark Rum
  • 1 cup cup Water Susbstitute various fruit juices to create flavored rum punch variations!


  • Simply mix all the ingredients in a large jug, mix, and then chill for half an hour before serving to make sure it’s nice and cold.
  • Garnish with Angostura Bitters and some grated nutmeg



Try this recipe with any freshly squeezed citrus juice, just be sure to use a good quality rum!


Calories: 674.2kcal
Keyword carribean drinks, rum cocktail, rum punch, summer drinks
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  1. 5 stars
    I wouldn’t have thought to add brown sugar – love this drink. This recipe is part of my roundup of luau party cocktails – https://sipbitego.com/tropical-drink-recipes/


  2. 5 stars
    If I end up face down in the sand – may it be in Barbados! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. The patio is calling! Perfect for my upcoming holiday stay-cation. Can’t wait to try it.

  4. This sounds just about perfect right now. I don’t have any rum of course (figures), but I’ve been seeing Mount Gay around a lot lately and it had already piqued my curiosity before today… doubly so now of course! The touch of nutmeg is really intriguing. I can picture that along with the rum and the brown sugar and I’m reallllly into the idea. Wonderful stuff!

  5. 5 stars
    We brought some good rum home from a trip to Jamaica, and this looks like a refreshing excuse to break it out! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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