Recipe By HeatherB
Published Mar 21st
Prep 10m Cook - Additional - Ready In 10m
Servings 20 (4 ounce) servings Calories 165.5

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.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups simple syrup
  • 3 cups amber rum
  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 4 dashes bitters
  • freshly grated nutmeg

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 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.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 165.5
  • Carbohydrate 21.4 g
  • Fat 0.1 g
  • Fiber 0.1 g
  • Protein 0.4 g
  • Sodium 1.8 mg
  • Sugar 4.4 g


  1. 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 - Read more ...
  2. 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 - Read more ...
  3. 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 - Read more ...
  4. "Guaranteed hit at any party!" My only suggestion is to add the simple Syrup "to taste" to avoid over sweetening.
  5. 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!
  6. 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 - Read more ...
  7. 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 - Read more ...
  8. 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!
  9. 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 - Read more ...
  10. 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 - Read more ...
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