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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: Chip H
My bajan rum punch recipe goes back to the 1970's (a couple wonderful years stationed at the US Navy Base up north). I use Falernum (still made on the island). What a nice addition of aroma and flavor.
Date: Sep 1, 2016

By: Alan
I use cold black tea as the weak, unbelievable!
or diet ginger beer, not ale!
Date: Jul 12, 2016

You have the exact recipe. 1 sour 2 sweet 3 strong 4 weak. One part lime juice. Two parts sugar syrup. Three parts Barbados rum. Four parts water. Slides down nice and easy. Knocks you on your butt. I'm an old guy now but spent a three or four months in Barbados in the early 70's. Spent a lot of time on my butt.
Date: Jul 6, 2016

By: Dave Herbert (Neath)
Bubu's bar on the beach near lone star. Roll on next January!
Date: Mar 14, 2016

By: Mark
One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak :)
Date: Feb 5, 2016

By: Robert Caille
Everything is in the same unit. Measures
Except spices which are to taste.

I used BATHTUB as my measure.

Date: Feb 1, 2016

By: mark lewis
my cousin tony lewis makes the best rum punch.. with jerk pork on the grill
Date: Dec 31, 2015

By: Jim&ann macfarlane
just back from Barbados rum punch wow southern psalms hotel and the oriental bar st Lawrence gap fantastic must go back.
Date: Dec 13, 2015

By: Lynette
The first time I had rum punch was in 2013, at Turtle Beach Resort as soon as we got there. It knocked my socks off!!! Rum punch has been my drink of choice when on holiday and I will attempt to make my own soon.
Date: Nov 18, 2015

By: Christine
The very best rum punch on the island is made by Charles in the tiki bar at Accra beach.
Date: Jul 1, 2015

By: nanci
taste so good
Date: Nov 25, 2014

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
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

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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