There’s nothing like a good punch. The classic drink is one of the earliest known cocktails, with written references dating to at least the 17th century. Traditionally featuring a spirit, citrus, spice, sugar and water, punch offers the creative drinker a wide berth for experimentation. But if you need some inspiration, you can’t go wrong with rum and fruit juice, which are as perfect a pairing as you’ll find in the cocktail-verse.
This single-serving Rum Punch begins with two types of rum, a smart and easy way to add depth and complexity to a cocktail. From there, pineapple and grenadine lend sweetness, orange juice brightens everything and a touch of lime cuts through the tropical sweetness.
About that grenadine: Most store-bought versions are bright red, overly sweet and laced with artificial ingredients. Leave those on the shelf where they belong and make your own. It takes just a few minutes to produce homemade grenadine with pomegranate juice, pomegranate molasses and sugar. It’s worth the effort, as DIY grenadine adds a tart richness to cocktails that can’t be matched with the pre-bottled stuff.
Entertaining a crowd? Simply scale up the measurements to fit your punch bowl, or multiply by how many people you want to serve. Drop a large ice block into the bowl to keep your refreshment cold, garnish with a few slices of fresh fruit and you’ll have a Rum Punch that keeps on giving.
- 1 1/4 ounces light rum
- 1 1/4 ounces dark rum
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 ounce orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/4 ounce grenadine
- Garnish: maraschino or brandied cherry
Add light rum, dark rum, pineapple, orange and lime juices, and grenadine into a shaker with ice, and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a Hurricane glass over fresh ice.
Garnish with a maraschino or brandied cherry.