How to Make the Most Refreshing Caribbean Rum Punch

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

Summer is almost here friends, you will WANT this refreshing summer cocktail in your glass!


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 but also for its variety of rums. If you can imagine it, there is probably a rum in that flavor –  dark, spiced, or flavored. I mean flavored with everything from molasses to bananas, there’s a rum that will suit your needs.

This recipe uses dark rum, light (plain) rum, and coconut rum. You can add or change the rum flavors to suit your tastes, but this is the classic rum punch recipe. I prefer my drinks over the rocks but you can certainly blend this with ice and make it a frozen drink as well.  

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.

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. In fact, these are so quick and easy to prepare that we’ve even mixed it up ahead of time and packaged it back into the orange juice jugs and brought it 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 even 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.

How is Rum Made?

Rum is made primarily from sugarcane molasses during a process called distillation. 

Is Rum Gluten-free? 

Yes and No.

Pure, distilled rum is considered gluten-free. However, there can be some hidden gluten in rums that add flavorings, spices, or other additives after distillation. It’s always best to read the label or check with the manufacturer to find which brand is best for you. 

Cheers to you! I hope you enjoy. 

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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”

  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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