How to Make the Most Refreshing Caribbean Rum Punch Recipe

Bring the flavors of the tropics home to the mainland with this delicious Caribbean Rum Punch Recipe. Also known as Jamaican rum punch, Bahama Mama, or Rum Runners, this fruity cocktail is strong yet deceptively smooth without an overpowering flavor of alcohol. 

Whether summer is just around the corner or you are longing for the warm tropical vibes of summer in the middle of winter, the refreshing flavors of this Rum Punch Recipe will hit the spot!


Three stemless glassed are filled with a yellow-orange colored rum cocktail. Each glass is set on a pink and while polka-dotted napkin. Garnishing the rim of each glass is a triangle of freshly sliced pineapple and two maraschino cherries on a bamboo skewer. A striped pink and red paper straw invites you to take a sip of this refreshing Caribbean Rum Punch cocktail.

The Caribbean is my favorite retreat and it’s known for its white sandy beaches and wide variety of rums. If you can imagine it, there is probably a rum in that flavor – dark, spiced, or coconut, banana, or vanilla flavored. Flavored with everything from molasses to peppermint, there is a rum that will suit your taste.

Ingredients for Rum Punch Recipe 

  • Dark Rum – Adds depth and richness to the punch with its robust and complex flavors. Dark rum often has notes of caramel, molasses, and spices.
  • White (light) Rum – Provides a smoother and more neutral base compared to dark rum. It allows the other flavors to shine and contributes to the overall balance of the drink.
  • Coconut Rum – Introduces a tropical and sweet coconut flavor, enhancing the overall exotic and beachy feel of the punch.
  • Orange Juice – Brings a citrusy brightness to the punch, adding a refreshing and tangy element.
  • Pineapple Juice – Enhances the tropical vibes with its sweet and fruity taste. Pineapple juice pairs well with rum and contributes to the overall sweetness of the punch.
  • Lime Juice – Balances the sweetness with its tartness, providing a contrast that adds complexity to the flavor profile. Lime juice also contributes a citrusy zing.
  • Grenadine Syrup – Adds a touch of sweetness and a vibrant red color to the punch. It has a fruity and slightly tart flavor, complementing the other fruit juices.
An up-close 3/4 angle photo of a stemless glass is filled with ice and a yellow-orange Caribbean Rum Punch cocktail mixture. The glass is garnished with a slice of fresh pineapple and maraschino cherries on a bamboo skewer. A wedge of pineapple sits off to the left in the background along with a flamingo printed towel.

How to Make Rum Punch

If you prefer your Caribbean Rum Punch to be a little sweeter, you can add extra grenadine. For a hint of extra orange flavor, add a jigger or two of triple sec. 

Although Caribbean Rum Punch has its roots in the tropics, it’s still a great cocktail for sipping poolside on a hot summer’s day. These are so quick and easy to prepare that we’ve even mixed them up ahead of time, poured them back into the orange juice jug, and brought them on a girls’ weekend trip. They taste just as good from a red solo cup as they do from a fancy glass!

You don’t need a Caribbean cruise or an airline ticket to enjoy these drinks. These drinks also called Bahama Mamma and rum runners are the perfect complement to any Caribbean-themed party. 

Cheers! A toast is being made with a glass of Caribbean rum punch.

Why this recipe works

The combination of these ingredients creates a harmonious blend of sweet, citrusy, and tropical flavors, making the rum punch a refreshing and enjoyable cocktail. Adjusting the proportions of each ingredient allows you to customize the drink to your taste preferences. You can make this over the rocks or blend it with ice and make a frozen drink.

Recipe tips and kitchen tricks

Remember to adapt these tips based on your personal preferences and the specific type of rum punch you’re making. Adjusting ingredient proportions and experimenting with variations can help you create the perfect rum punch for any occasion.

  1. Balance the Sweetness and Tartness:
    • Achieving the right balance between sweetness and tartness is crucial for a well-rounded rum punch. Start by adding a moderate amount of sweet ingredients like grenadine and coconut rum, then balance it with tartness from lime juice. Taste as you go and adjust to your liking.
  2. Chill Ingredients Before Mixing:
    • For a refreshing rum punch, chill the ingredients in advance. Place the rum, fruit juices, and any other liquid components in the refrigerator before mixing. You can also chill the glasses to ensure your punch stays cool without the need for excessive ice, preventing dilution.
  3. Experiment with Garnishes:
    • Elevate the visual appeal and flavor of your rum punch by experimenting with garnishes. Citrus slices, pineapple wedges, or maraschino cherries can enhance the presentation and add extra bursts of flavor. Consider rimming glasses with sugar or coconut flakes for an added touch.
A pinnable image for Pinterest of a class of Caribbean Rum Punch.

Variations of Rum Punch

These variations offer unique flavors without relying on traditional tropical fruits, providing a diverse range of options for different preferences. Adjustments can be made based on your taste preferences.

  1. Spicy Ginger Rum Punch – Prepare as directed in the recipe and then add 1/2 cup Ginger Beer. Garnish with lime wedges and candied ginger.
  2. Citrus Mint Rum Punch – Prepare as directed in the recipe and then muddle fresh mint leaves in the bottom of the glass before pouring the mixture over the top.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Appetizers:
    • Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Chicken Shots: The kick of spice compliments the sweet notes in this rum punch recipe.
    • Mango Salsa with Tortilla Chips: The sweetness of mango salsa pairs well with the fruity flavors of the punch, and the crunch of tortilla chips adds texture.
    • Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites: The chicken bites provide a tropical twist that can match the coconut rum in the punch.
  2. Main Courses:
    • Jamaican Jerk Ribs: The bold and spicy flavors of jerk seasoning can stand up to the robust taste of rum punch.
    • Cedar Plank Salmon: The smoky salmon harmonizes with the citrus notes in the punch, creating a balanced combination.
  3. Desserts:
    • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: This dessert complements the flavors of rum punch.
    • Coconut Cream Pie: The creamy and coconutty goodness of this pie pairs well with the tropical elements in the punch.
    • Citrus Sorbet: Refreshing citrus sorbet can serve as a light and palate-cleansing dessert after sipping on rum punch.

Frequently asked Questions (FAQs) about Rum Punch Recipe

Q: What’s a good non-alcoholic substitute for rum in a punch?

A: Pineapple juice or coconut water can provide a tropical and refreshing base for a non-alcoholic version. Add a splash of grenadine for sweetness.

Q: How far in advance can I prepare rum punch for a party?

A: You Can Mix The Ingredients (Excluding Carbonated Elements) A Few Hours Ahead And Refrigerate. Add Ice And Carbonation Just Before Serving To Maintain Freshness.

Q: What are some creative garnishes for rum punch?

A: Try citrus twists, fresh mint leaves, or tropical fruit slices. Experiment with rimming glasses with sugar or coconut flakes for added flair.

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Caribbean Rum Punch

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Island music, the gentle breezes of summer, and this Caribbean Rum Punch cocktail make for a perfect trio. This cocktail is strong but deceptively smooth and satisfying – without an overpowering taste of alcohol.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 7 cups
Calories 214 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 cup coconut rum
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons grenadine syrup
  • 4 cups ice


  • Stir all the ingredients together in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
  • Serve over ice or blend with ice and enjoy!


If you like a stronger drink, add more rum to your taste.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 8gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 24mgPotassium: 402mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 177IUVitamin C: 53mgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 1µgCalcium: 27mgFolate: 46µgIron: 1mgZinc: 2mg
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30 thoughts on “How to Make the Most Refreshing Caribbean Rum Punch Recipe”

  1. hi there,
    if I wanted to use primarily coconut rum could I not use the regular rum or dark rum? what would my measurements be?

  2. This punch is perfect, I feel like I’m back in the Caribbean. I’m into my 3rd glass of punch, now I have lost my pants & don’t care !!

  3. This recipe just made my social isolation more bearable! I’ve had a craving for a rum punch like the one from my favorite restaurant. I added a splash more coconut rum and this took me right back to happy hour at our marina! ❤️

  4. Delicious!!! We are in Turks and Caicos at this very moment! We were looking for a run punch recipe to keep us going after resort hours. THIS. IS.IT!

  5. Oooh! We’re not getting any 90s here yet (we’re happy with our 60s and 70s), but I think sipping on one of these would have me transported to the islands even so. This looks great!


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