How to Make Rum Punch at Home

If you want to sip on something sensational that makes you feel like you’re on vacation year-round, rum is the spirit for you.

Distilled from byproducts of sugarcane, rum has a reputation for being the sweetest of the hard liquor options. It’s also very versatile in terms of coloration - you can find gold, white, dark and black rum, all of which get their hues from aging for different periods of time.

Traditionally, rum drinkers enjoy the sweet stuff on the rocks, but there are so many different ways to enjoy it. Whether it’s taking shots or crafting up a delightful cocktail like rum punch, there’s an option for everyone.

What is Rum Punch?

Having a hard time figuring out what to mix with white rum? Want to know what goes well with coconut rum? Rum punch to the rescue.

Typically, rum punch is a combination of rum, lime juice, sugar, or simple syrup. The flavor profile is a mixture of sweetness from the citrus fruits and sugar and deep body from the rum. 

You can stick with basic rum in your rum punch, but you can also switch it up and add some heat with spiced rum, or a flavored option like coconut or mango. Most variations of rum punch will take you to the same place in your daydreams: An island oasis with endless sunshine.   

What Pairs Well with Rum Punch?

Are you looking for a dish to pair with your homemade rum punch? Finding the best match to please your palate depends on personal preference. Here are a few pairing suggestions to consider:

  • Ceviche, a fresh seafood dish that consists of shrimp, lime, lemon, roma tomato, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, salt and pepper, cucumber, and avocado. 
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • Steak
  • Pineapple
  • Plantain
  • Chicken
  • Coconut
  • Banana

Since rum punch is already such a sweet drink, you might consider staying away from the dessert pairings. If your sweet tooth can’t get enough, consider banana’s foster or pineapple upside down cake. 

Rum punch in a mason jar

How to Make a Rum Punch Cocktail

Rum punch is a classic beverage that’s been served at parties for centuries. Take this delicious drink for a spin with a delicious traditional recipe, followed by our simplified option:

The Classic Way: Caribbean Rum Punch

Try this rum punch cocktail recipe this summer and let your drift away to a Caribbean vacation.


  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup of grenadine
  • Orange slices and maraschino cherries for garnish 


Combine orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, rum, and grenadine into a large pitcher or a punch bowl. Stir well. 

Pour mixture into serving glasses and garnish each with an orange slice and maraschino cherry. Cheers!

The Flighty Way: Tropical Rum Punch

If you’re looking for a rum punch that only calls for two ingredients, we’ve got you covered. Try our simplified version of the classic cocktail the next time you’re hosting a get-together.


  • 1 bottle Flighty Premium Mixers Tropical Punch mixer 
  • 1-2 ounces of rum


Open your tropical punch mixer and add rum to the fill line. Screw the cap back on and shake the bottle until the contents are well combined.

From there, you can drink your tropical rum bunch right from the bottle or pour it into a glass over ice. It’s really that simple. 

You don’t need a bunch of fancy bar tools to create your own delicious tropical rum punch from the comfort of your home. With Flighty Premium Mixers, you can make your own cocktails without making a mess or fuss. Just pour, shake, sip, and enjoy. 

Grab our Tropical Punch Mixer or try our variety pack today!