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Rum Punch Recipe


Punch comes from the Indian word "panch" which means five. The five refers to the fiver ingredients of sour, sweet, strong, weak and spice. The poem for rum punch goes: 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.

You will need the following ingredients:

1 measure of lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 measures of sugar syrup - see method
3 measures of dark Caribbean rum, the older, the better
4 measures of water
Dash of Angostura Bitters and freshly grated nutmeg

Place two measures of sugar in a saucepan with a little water and cook until the sugar has dissolved and add to the juice.

Add the rum and water. A good quality passion fruit juice can be used instead of water but reduce the syrup slightly.

Serve with plenty of ice, a dash of bitters and a grating of nutmeg.

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Information Assumed Accurate On: Jan 13, 2007
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By: Rodney Harvey
By far the best rum punch on the island is at Cutter's Deli (key is to use only Cockspur Old Gold Rum):
One part fresh lime juice
Two parts simple syrup
Three parts Cockspur rum
Ice
Dash of nutmeg and Angostura Bitters

Date: Oct 13, 2013



By: G Wynne VI
John, this recipe is for Bajan (Barbadian) Rum Punch which has no Orange Juice. One can certainly make Jamaican Rum Punch with Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, or whatever juice you like.
Date: Aug 17, 2013


By: John G
I am surprised no one has mentioned Orange Juice. My brother in law always uses Orange Juice but it looks like you can use water or Orange Juice.
Date: Jul 10, 2013


By: Marie
We were there in 1970-1972 and a local couple made what they called Rum Punch with lots of fruit in it. Tasted like fruit cocktail with a kick. Anyone know how to make this?
Date: Jun 17, 2013


By: Sylvia
We have been coming to Barbados for 20 years..staying at The Crane. The best rum punch is at Cutters. Food is great too! Thanking Roger and his staff for the rum punch, food and good atmosphere.
Date: Apr 15, 2013


By: denise clendinning
the best rum punches i have ever had were made by the staff at southern palm just one and your partying
Date: Jan 4, 2013


By: Ken
"Measure: can be considered a "part" eg; 2 parts run to 4 parts water....
Date: Nov 10, 2012


By: Pat S.
We go to Barbados every year and next weekend we are having a Barbados reunion party at our house in Rhode Island. I cannot duplicate the rum punch that is served at Divi Southwinds and it is the best I've ever had. the owner of Hunte's garden also made a delicious and fresh-tasting rum punch which he makes with lime juice and water. I tried using lemon juice and guava juice and the drinks were good, but not as good as Divi Southwinds's recipe. This year we also had a bottled rum punch sold at the Gap convenience store and it was very close. I wish I could duplicate these......
Date: Jul 10, 2012


By: Michael Vancooten
I was a bartender back in Barbados several years ago, also own a couple bars during that time, now living in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. My Rum Punch is off the chain, I am in the process of bottling this product due to numerous request.
Date: Jul 7, 2012


By: donny
why isnt anyone mentioning the secret Velvet Falernum...? Use in place of simple syrup
Date: Jun 29, 2012


By: Mike Langille
A measure is whatever that you want to measure with. If it is a 1 oz jigger then you will finish with 10 oz.s If you use a 1 cup measure you will end up with 10 cups. If you use a bucket then you will end up with 10 buckets of punch and one shattered liver
Date: Jun 28, 2012


By: Anita
Just returned from Barbados. The best rum punch I had was at the fish market in Oistins at the "Angel" booth. yummy
Date: Jun 21, 2012


By: Alex Roberts
My Bajan Rum Punch came from the original, however I have found that using four shots of water creates too much water as the ice melts and you also use water to create sugar syrup which makes the drink too weak.

1 Lime
2 Sugar Syrup
2.5 Mount Gay Rum
1 Water

Ang Bitter 2-3 slashes per glass
Nutmeg

It tastes exactly the same as any punch you get in Barbados
Date: May 4, 2012


By: Emily
Excellent. I used only nutmeg for spices, but still very good. Thank you!
Date: Apr 1, 2012


By: Secora
I am a Barbadian. The secret of Barbadian rum punch is in the spices and the flavorings.

Date: Feb 15, 2012


By: Mike B
Angusturas bitters - from supermarkets eg Sainsbury. Look on mixer or gin/rum shelves. Ang bitters are traditional addition to gin to make 'pink gin'. Just a few drops is needed.
Date: Dec 24, 2011


By: Dave B
Don't know where I can get "bitters". Any suitable alternative in UK stores ?
Date: Dec 21, 2011


By: Eileen
We are just back from a wonderful trip to Barbados. We brought back some local rum and needed an accurate recipe to make some Bajan Rum Punch at home. Thank you for having this excellent recipe on your site. We don't have the sunshine, but we'll have the warm glow of the Rum to keep our happy memories alive.
Date: Nov 7, 2011


By: muriel
I tried a few Rum Punch Cocktails, the Fairmount Hotel in St James definately a 10, Lone Star and Sandy Lane following.
Date: Oct 21, 2011


By: Lisa
I've tried to make the rum punch to, and it is definitely not the same as you would get on the island. I will just continue to have my friends to ship me a few bottles a year.
Date: Jun 22, 2011


By: Anthony
I'm not a cocktail guy I mostly drank Banks beer the #1 beer of Barbados. But the best rum punch I had was made by Ian, one of the guides on the safari tour. The great thing about Barbados, every tour provides free rum punch and makes you drink it.
Date: May 13, 2011


By: me
best rum punch is at Lone Star
Date: Apr 14, 2011


By: latasha
I had 2 cups of that rum punch, this time last year on pebbles beach.. it was fantastic.. i came home from my trip and tried to make it.. It was not the same.. This rum punch smells like Thanksgiving but it feels like a cool summer day.. I absolutely love it..
Date: Mar 31, 2011


By: Richard
Best rum punch on the island: Cutter's Deli near The Crane and Tapas on the way to Holetown. One drink at both will give a nice buzz even to a seasoned drinker!
Date: Nov 30, 2010


By: Austin
The great mystery of "Rum Punch" is that a 'measure' can be any quantity you want. A bucket? Depends how thirsty you are. What's key are the proportions!
Date: May 12, 2010


By: lucy
liked them

Date: May 8, 2010


By: Gary
Anyone who asks what a "measure" is has had too many rum punches or should not have any. But to answer the question, it depends on how big a batch of punch you want to make. If you use "cup" in place of measure, total batch size is 10 cups.
Date: Aug 20, 2009


By: Frannie
I agree with Bonnie.What is a measure ? Do you mean a ounce ?
Date: Jun 17, 2009


By: Bonnie


what the hell is a "measure"
Date: Jun 3, 2009


By: Linda from the Florida
Truly the greatest "beverage" of Barbados. There is really no way to explain this great drink, other than sipping one at the poolside, with friends and family.
Date: Nov 8, 2007


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