After a recent trip to the Caribbean, I’ve fallen in love with this quick Rum Punch recipe. It’s an easy rum cocktail that can be made single serve or by the pitcher, making it an excellent recipe to share at BBQs all summer long! This version is made with a blend of fruit juices, white rum, and grenadine for that signature pink color.

A rum punch in a glass.

If you’re looking for a taste of the Caribbean, look no further than this tropical Rum Punch cocktail.

Like many of my favorite Puerto Rican recipes, this Jamaican cocktail celebrates tropical ingredients like pineapple and lime. The sweet and tart flavors from the fruit juices pair perfectly with the rich spicy flavors of rum.

And it wouldn’t be a true rum punch without a splash of grenadine or strawberry syrup, to give it that signature pink color.

This recipe comes complete with steps on how to make a pitcher or single serve cocktail, as well as options for adding the fruit into the cocktail or using strictly as a garnish.

If you’re into tropical cocktails, be sure to try my piña colada on the rocks and this easy 5-minute mojito recipe.

Glasses of orange juice, pineapple juice, and more.

Ingredients

Here’s everything you’ll need to make this rum punch recipe:

  • white rum: you can also use dark rum and/or coconut rum if desired
  • pineapple or mango juice
  • orange juice
  • lime juice: you can adjust the quantity of this depending on how tart you like your punch
  • grenadine or strawberry syrup: this gives the drink its signature pink color
  • sliced fresh fruit: sliced strawberries, oranges, pineapple, and/or limes – you can also use frozen fruit if that’s what’s accessible to you
  • optional: ground nutmeg

Optional: Add white coconut rum (Malibu) if desired (1 cup for a pitcher and 1 oz for a single serve cocktail).

Find the ingredient list with exact quantities for both a pitcher or single serve cocktail in the recipe card below.

Make a Single Serving of Rum Punch

Make a Pitcher of Rum Punch: 2 Simple Steps

Optional: Mix fresh fruit into the punch or leave it out and use as a topping/garnish. If you mix it into the punch, it soaks up the alcohol and has a different texture. If you use it only as a garnish it will stay fresher for longer.

What to Serve Alongside

If you’re leaning into the tropical Caribbean flavors in this easy rum cocktail, here are some of my favorite recipes to serve alongside:

Quick Tips

  • If making a pitcher of Rum Punch, be sure to stir well before pouring every time!
  • You can add fresh fruit to the pitcher (or cocktail shaker) or use strictly as a garnish; I really love mixing it into the punch so that it gets infused with all of the flavors
  • Feel free to skip the ‘serve over ice’ step if you have time to chill the pitcher – or shake the single serve version with lots of ice
A pitcher of rum punch.

Special Equipment

This cocktail is pretty simple, which is another reason why we love it so much!

As far as equipment goes:

  • You’ll need a large pitcher (it should hold at least 64 fluid ounces) and a long spoon for stirring, if serving pitcher style.
  • If making a single serving, you’ll need a cocktail shaker.
  • I also recommend measuring liquids with a measuring cup (for a pitcher) or jigger (for a single serving).
Rum punch in a glass.

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Please remember to always drink responsibly,

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A rum punch in a glass.

Quick Rum Punch Recipe (Single Serve or Pitcher!)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cups or 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktails, Drinks, Beverages
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Caribbean

Description

After a recent trip to the Carribbean, I’ve fallen in love with this quick Rum Punch recipe. It’s an easy rum cocktail that can be made single serve or by the pitcher, making it an excellent recipe to share at BBQs all summer long! This version is made with a blend of fruit juices, white rum, and grenadine for that signature pink color.


Ingredients

Units Scale

For a Pitcher:

  • 750 ml white rum
  • 1 cup pineapple or mango juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cup grenadine or strawberry syrup
  • sliced fresh fruit (sliced strawberries, oranges, pineapple, and/or limes)
  • optional: 1 tsp ground nutmeg

For a Single Serve:

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz pineapple or mango juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine or strawberry syrup
  • sliced fresh fruit (sliced strawberries, oranges, pineapple, and/or limes)
  • optional: a pinch of ground nutmeg

Instructions

To Make a Pitcher:

  1. Combine all ingredients. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the rum, fruit juices, grenadine or strawberry syrup, fresh nutmeg, and fresh fruit (if you want to mix it into the punch).
  2. Mix & serve. Stir everything together to combine. Chill until ready to serve, and serve over ice with fresh fruit and a dusting of nutmeg on top! Please remember to always drink responsibly.

To Make a Single Serving:

  1. Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker. Combine the rum, fruit juices, grenadine or strawberry syrup in a cocktail shaker over ice. Add the nutmeg here too, if using. 
  2. Shake well. Shake everything for at least 90 seconds, or until the shaker feels cold to the touch.  
  3. Serve. Pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into a glass over ice.
  4. Garnish & enjoy. Garnish with freshly sliced fruit and a dusting of nutmeg. Enjoy & please remember to always drink responsibly.

Notes

  • Mix fresh fruit into the punch or leave it out and use as a topping/garnish
  • You can also use frozen fruit if fresh fruit isn’t an option
  • Add white coconut rum (Malibu) if desired (1 cup for a pitcher and 1 oz for a single serve cocktail)