Original Flava traditional rum punch

There’s nothing like a fruity rum punch at a sunny BBQ – a drink that is truly the life of the party. We call this The Silent Killer. Initially, it tastes like a soft drink; however, the rum is lurking in there, ready to get you later – so please drink responsibly.

traditional rum punch
Matt Russell 2019


250ml white rum
150ml dark or coconut rum
200ml strawberry-flavoured syrup (or you can use grenadine)
250ml pineapple juice
250ml orange juice
100ml fresh lime juice (from 4 limes)
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
dash of Angostura bitters (optional)
ice cubes
slices of orange, pineapple and lime, to finish

1. Pour all the punch ingredients into a large pitcher. Stir, add the crushed ice and fruit slices to finish, and sip pon it!

Add these to the mix

Combine 200ml white rum, 150ml Blue Curaçao, 150ml coconut rum, 600ml lemonade and 150ml lime juice (from 5-6 limes). Add crushed ice and finish with lime wedges and a handful of blueberries.

Combine 200ml white rum, 200ml dark rum, 600ml ginger beer or ale, 1 tsp ground mixed spice and 100ml lime or lemon juice, or a mixture. Add crushed ice and finish with slices of lemon and lime.

Combine 250ml white rum, 150ml dark rum, 250ml mango juice, 250ml orange juice, 2 passion fruit (pulp scooped out) and 200ml cherry-flavoured syrup. Add crushed ice and finish with slices of lime, mango and orange.

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