How To Make Authentic Jamaican Rum Punch

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Who doesn’t like a cold refreshing authentic Jamaican Rum Punch!


Just the thought brings the smell and nostalgia back of sipping on one in Jamaica. Lying out on the beach, getting your tan on!

First sip you taste the sweet and tanginess of the juices then the distinct Jamaican rum flavor hits you, ahhh… deliciousness!

If you want to bring that feeling back! Look no further! We have done all the research and found the key to an authentic Jamaican Rum punch. No need for a Jamaican beach, your pool, patio or living room can work just fine. The rum punch might be all that you need.

What you’ll learn in this post:
learning 1 Some of The Best Jamaican Rums.
learning 2 A Great Secret Ingredient to Take Your Punch Over The Top.
learning 3 The Perfect Mixture That Your Friends Will Love.

Let’s Get Into Some Jamaican Rum Punch

First up, what makes a Jamaican Rum Punch authentic is the Jamaican rum. There are several types of Jamaican rum, dark and white.

What is Rum?

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Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane byproducts or directly from the sugarcane juice. The byproduct used in most rum is molasses. The rum is produced by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak barrels.

There are several grades of rum, ranging from light rums, mostly used for cocktails, to golden and dark rums typically consumed on the rock, neat or in cooking. Golden and dark rums are increasingly being consumed with mixers.

What are The Different Types of Rum?

Dark rums – These are known for their brown, black or red color. They are a grade darker then gold rums. Dark rums are made from caramelized sugar or molasses. Dark rums are aged longer in heavily charred barrels. The barrels give them a stronger flavor then other rums. Strong spices, molasses and caramel overtones are prevalent in dark rums. Dark rums add substances and color to most drinks. Jamaica is known for its dark rums.

Flavored rums – we see more and more of these in recent times. Flavored rums are infused with flavors of fruits, such as banana, mango, orange, citrus, coconut, starfruit or lime. Flavored rums have less than 80 proof and served to flavor tropical type drinks. They can also be drunk neat or with ice.

Gold rums – Gold rums are just that, golden or amber colored. They are and aged medium-bodied rum. Gold rums get their color from aging in wood barrels that are charred. Gold rums are stronger than light rums, but midway to dark rums. Their flavor is balanced.

Light rums – Light rums are known as silver or white rums. They have little flavor except for sweetness. This rum goes through extra filtering to remove the color from ageing. Light rums are made for mixed drinks that don’t need a strong rum flavor.

Over proof rums – These are the higher standard of the 80 proof rums. Some over proof rums have any as high as 75% [150 proof] to 80% [160 proof] available. This is seen in the Wray and Nephew Over proof at 126 proof. Over proof rums are perfect for mixed drinks.

Premium rums – These are generally consumed straight and perfect for sipping like Cognac and Scotch. This is a specialty market and is comprised of the older aged rums.

Spiced rums – Spiced rums round out the types of rums available. Spiced rums get their flavors from the addition of spices and, sometimes, caramel. Most spiced rums are darker in color, and based on gold rums. Among the spices added is cinnamon, rosemary, absinthe/aniseed, or pepper.

Rums from Jamaica

There are a few rums made in Jamaica. Some rum producers market as Caribbean rum, but the following list is rum that are actually produced in Jamaica.

Appleton Rum Jamaica

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Appleton Rum Jamaica is produced by J. Wray and Nephew Ltd. With humble beginning in 1825 by founder John Wray and has successfully grown to 90% of rum sales in Jamaica. Some of their rums are the most famous Jamaican Rum brand, and is the most popular brand used in Jamaican rum punches, Mai Tais and daiquiris. Appleton Estate Rums are still produced on the Estate, which encompasses over 11,000 acres (45 km2) of sugarcane, a sugarcane refinery, and the Distillery.

Here are the brands produced by J. Wray and Nephew Ltd

  • Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum (the flagship brand, 63% ABV)
  • Captain Morgan Jamaica Rum
  • Sainsbury’s Superior Dark Rum (Gold medal winner in the Rum category at the 2010 International Wine and Spirit Awards)
  • Coruba Jamaica Rum
  • Appleton Special Jamaica Rum
  • Appleton Estate Jamaica V/X
  • Appleton Estate Jamaica 8 Year Old
  • Appleton Estate Jamaica Extra
  • Appleton Estate Jamaica Master Blender’s Legacy
  • Appleton Estate Jamaica 21 Year Old
  • Appleton Estate Jamaica Blackwell Rum
  • Koko Kanu


Named after brand founder Fred L Myers, Myers rum has been in production since 1879. Myer’s rum uses only “pure Jamaican molasses.” The rum is produced from continuous and pot still distillation. Myers rums is matured for up to four years in white oak barrels”. Very small batches of Myers can be aged upwards of 50 years.

Types of Myers Rums

  • Myers Original Dark
  • Myers’s Platinum
  • Myers’s Legend

Rum-Bar Rum

Introduced in 2007, Rum Bar Rum is owned by Worthy Park Estate Ltd. Worthy Park Estate ltd is located in the St Catherine parish in Jamaica. The Worthy Park name is known for being the most efficient producer of sugar cane and sugar in Jamaica. The sugar producing estate has been in existence since 1670 with 340 years of production. The estate ceased making small batches of rum in the 1960, but in 2004 the owner decided to bring back rum production. A new state of the art distillery was built and the first Worthy Park Rum-Bar White over proof Rum was introduced to the market.

Types of Rum-Bar rums

  • Rum-Bar White Overproof
  • Rum – Bar Rum Cream

So let’s get down to what you want to know!


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How to Make Your Authentic Jamaican Rum Punch?

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Making an Authentic Jamaican Rum Punch is a 4 part process: sour, sweet, strong and weak.
Get these steps down and you can make as large or as small a portion you want. Your measurements can be ounces or cups based on the occasion.

  • STEP 1 measure (oz or cup) of Sour – Lime.
  • STEP 2 measures (oz or cup) of sweet – Sugar Syrup.
  • STEP 3 measures (oz or cup) of Strong – the Rum of YOUR choice.
  • STEP 4 measures (oz or cup) of weak – usually means water/juice.

  1. Sour – Lime fresh squeezed or from the bottle.
  2. Sweet – Grenadine, strawberry syrup, cherry syrup or simple syrup (1 part sugar to 2 parts water, boil and reduce)
  3. Strong – Any rum of your liking. For more impact use a Jamaican white proof rum. For bolder flavor use the dark or spiced rum. For a more subtle milder flavor use the golden, light or flavored rums.
  4. Weak – Water can be a choice if you use flavored syrup and flavored rum. Water can be the most authentic version. If you use you can use juices we recommend grenadine for flavor and color, or simple syrup. Juices can be one flavor or a combination of flavors. Some juice flavors that are ideal and can add a more tropical twist are passion fruit, mango, orange, pineapple, strawberry or premixed fruit punches. Make your favorite juice combination. Tip: Check the sugar levels to your liking on juices and reduce step 2 to adjust. Over proof rums are more dry, flavored are more sweet for juices.

Pour all ingredients over ice and stir. Garnish with a lime or orange slice.

Secret Ingredient Alert!!

Wait we are not done. Some say the secret to an Authentic Jamaican Rum punch is the sprinkling of some freshly grated nutmeg on top. Some say this makes all the difference.

In Summary

So relax, whether you are making rum punch for 2 or 22 or 102, with this simple 4 part process you will never go wrong! Take you and your guests on a trip to Jamaica, without the airfare!



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