This delicious concoction is the traditional rum punch recipe used in the West Indies, passed down for years. The old rhyme goes, 'One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.' Any fruit juice can be used. Serve chilled over ice, with fruit garnishes and a sprinkling of grated nutmeg.

Gallery

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 (4 ounce) servings
Advertisement

Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • In a pitcher, combine lime juice, simple syrup, rum and orange juice. Add a few dashes of bitters and some grated nutmeg to taste. Serve chilled over ice.

    Advertisement

Nutrition Facts

166 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 21.4g 7% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 1.8mg. Full Nutrition
Advertisement

Reviews (58)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2008
Great recipe! For anyone who may need a bit of clarification (like me), here is what I discovered. It takes about 6 limes to get a cup of juice. You can make simple syrup by heating equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Simple syrup and bitters can also be purchased rather inexpensively at the liquor store. I used Meyers dark rum and grated about a half teaspoon of fresh nutmeg over the top of the whole batch and stirred it in. The punch has a really wonderful flavor and a bit of a delayed effect so watch out! Thanks for sharing, I will be making this again. Read More
(347)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/05/2016
I made it exactly to the recipe directions and it was so sweet no one would finish their glass. I added a 2 liter bottle of club soda still too sweet. As the ice melted it got a little bit better but at the end of the party 3/4ths of it was still left. Waste of money and time. Read More
71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2008
Great recipe! For anyone who may need a bit of clarification (like me), here is what I discovered. It takes about 6 limes to get a cup of juice. You can make simple syrup by heating equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Simple syrup and bitters can also be purchased rather inexpensively at the liquor store. I used Meyers dark rum and grated about a half teaspoon of fresh nutmeg over the top of the whole batch and stirred it in. The punch has a really wonderful flavor and a bit of a delayed effect so watch out! Thanks for sharing, I will be making this again. Read More
(347)
Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2007
quite yummy i put malibu rum in it too for an extra kick. and the saying is easy to remember!! friends and family all thought it quite tasty too. reminded us of the jolly roger cruise rum punch in the caribbean!! BTW a little secret from the workers on the booze cruise is to add a smidge of nutmeg to the punch. Adds just a little something to the taste. Read More
(104)
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2006
Another reviewer hit it on the head: This is a dead ringer for the rum punch from the "Jolly Roger" in where was it? Some island in the caribbean; that day remains a little hazy. If you don't have dark rum handy make this with light rum serve it in a tall glass and put a dash of grenadine in to color the bottom. Your guests won't know what hit them. Read More
(68)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2008
WOW! I love it! I call it Pirate Punch!! I used key lime juice and some awesome organic pure maple syrup instead of simple syrup and I used some pineapple rum we happened to have. I didn't have any bitters and I didn't add nutmeg. It is so good!!! This is my new favorite! Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2009
"Guaranteed hit at any party!" My only suggestion is to add the simple Syrup "to taste" to avoid over sweetening. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2010
My mom and i went on a cruise several years ago and after an insane jeep trip over a mountian in St. Lucia we were given cups of this drink from our tour guide. It's not nearly as strong as the 'rocket fuel' we had there but the flavor made me feel like we were back on that mountain looking out at the banana plantations and the beach. i used half orange half pineapple juice just for our preferences. Read More
(25)
Advertisement
Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2008
Made as stated. Turned out a little sweeter than I like but otherwise great. Next time I will try with more watered down orange juice or something because I would not want to drink more than a glass or two of this with it being so sweet. Guests said it was good! Oh for my simple syrup I used half white and half brown sugar; but I know that would not contribute to the overall sweetness of the recipe. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2008
I didn't add the simple syrup because I don't like drinks to be too sweet. Also I couldn't find bitters at the liquor store so I used Island punch pucker. It was so good! Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2013
For me this cocktail turned out just not bad. I think orange juice overwhelmed here a little. I used dark rum that I brought from the Dominican Republic (one of the best I think). And I didn't use angustura bitters. Not bad recipe to try but it probably wouldn't be in my favorite cocktail recipe list. Read More
(13)
Rating: 1 stars
07/05/2016
I made it exactly to the recipe directions and it was so sweet no one would finish their glass. I added a 2 liter bottle of club soda still too sweet. As the ice melted it got a little bit better but at the end of the party 3/4ths of it was still left. Waste of money and time. Read More
Advertisement