Spiced Rum Punch Cocktail Drink

Spiced Rum Punch

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Are you craving a punchy cocktail this summer? This Spiced Rum Punch recipe is your answer! It’s an enjoyable drink, brimming with rich ingredients, and you can whip it up in no time.

Spiced Rum Punch Recipe

Get ready for summer with this simple Spiced Rum Punch recipe! You'll love the mix of spiced rum, orange, pineapple and lime juices, cinnamon syrup and a touch of Angostura bitters in this cocktail that's just right for your next poolside gathering.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

218 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Spiced Rum
  • 1 ½ oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • oz lime juice
  • ½ oz cinnamon syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Pineapple slice and/or cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball or Hurricane Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball or hurricane glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Prep Shaker: In the shaker, mix together 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters and ½ oz cinnamon syrup.
  • Add Juices: Add 1 ½ oz fresh orange juice, 1 oz pineapple juice and ⅔ oz lime juice to the shaker:
  • Add Spiced Rum: Finally, add 2 oz Spiced Rum to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Highball or Hurricane glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Add more ice if necessary and strain the drink from the shaker over the ice filled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a pineapple wedge and/or a maraschino cherry and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Spiced Rum: If you don't have spiced rum, use regular dark rum and add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to mimic the spiciness. For a lighter flavor, white rum works, too, but you'll lose some depth.
  • Fresh Orange Juice: Grapefruit juice can be used as an alternative to orange juice for a more tart punch. Although we recommend using freshly squeezed juice whenever possible, bottled orange juice can also do the trick for making this recipe.
  • Pineapple Juice: Mango juice is a good substitute for pineapple juice; it maintains a tropical vibe.
  • Fresh Lime juice: freshly squeezed juice is always the best option, but bottled juice will work as well if you’re out of fresh limes. Otherwise, fresh lemon juice can also do the trick.
  • Cinnamon Syrup: if you can’t find any cinnamon syrup, you can use simple syrup. For a different twist, grenadine or orgeat (almond syrup) are also interesting options to consider.
  • Angostura Bitters: If you can’t find any Angostura bottle, you can simply omit this step when making the recipe.

Making a Pitcher of Spiced Rum Punch:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of spiced rum, 12 oz of orange juice, 8 oz of pineapple juice, 6 oz of lime juice, 4 oz of cinnamon syrup and 16 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the spiced rum, juices, and bitters. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into ice-filled highball glasses and garnish with a pineapple wedge and/or a maraschino cherry. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Spiced Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spiced rum substitute; these are available in the market and do a good job mimicking the flavor of dark rum. Root beer can also be a good option. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own dark rum substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, allspice and banana are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-rum” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Spiced Rum Punch cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including spiced rum, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.
If using a maraschino cherry for garnish, make sure to get vegan-friendly ones: some maraschino cherries are colored with cochineal (a type of insect), so look for brands that don't use animal products.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
218
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
10
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Potassium
 
154
mg
4
%
Protein
 
0.5
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Vitamin A
 
96
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
30
mg
36
%
Calcium
 
13
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Spiced Rum Punch Cocktail Drink

Spiced Rum Punch Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Get ready for summer with this simple Spiced Rum Punch recipe! You'll love the mix of spiced rum, orange, pineapple and lime juices, cinnamon syrup and a touch of Angostura bitters in this cocktail that's just right for your next poolside gathering.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 218

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Spiced Rum
  • 1 ½ oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • oz lime juice
  • ½ oz cinnamon syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Pineapple slice and/or cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball or Hurricane Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball or hurricane glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Prep Shaker: In the shaker, mix together 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters and ½ oz cinnamon syrup.
  • Add Juices: Add 1 ½ oz fresh orange juice, 1 oz pineapple juice and ⅔ oz lime juice to the shaker:
  • Add Spiced Rum: Finally, add 2 oz Spiced Rum to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Highball or Hurricane glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Add more ice if necessary and strain the drink from the shaker over the ice filled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a pineapple wedge and/or a maraschino cherry and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Spiced Rum: If you don't have spiced rum, use regular dark rum and add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to mimic the spiciness. For a lighter flavor, white rum works, too, but you'll lose some depth.
  • Fresh Orange Juice: Grapefruit juice can be used as an alternative to orange juice for a more tart punch. Although we recommend using freshly squeezed juice whenever possible, bottled orange juice can also do the trick for making this recipe.
  • Pineapple Juice: Mango juice is a good substitute for pineapple juice; it maintains a tropical vibe.
  • Fresh Lime juice: freshly squeezed juice is always the best option, but bottled juice will work as well if you’re out of fresh limes. Otherwise, fresh lemon juice can also do the trick.
  • Cinnamon Syrup: if you can’t find any cinnamon syrup, you can use simple syrup. For a different twist, grenadine or orgeat (almond syrup) are also interesting options to consider.
  • Angostura Bitters: If you can’t find any Angostura bottle, you can simply omit this step when making the recipe.

Making a Pitcher of Spiced Rum Punch:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of spiced rum, 12 oz of orange juice, 8 oz of pineapple juice, 6 oz of lime juice, 4 oz of cinnamon syrup and 16 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the spiced rum, juices, and bitters. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into ice-filled highball glasses and garnish with a pineapple wedge and/or a maraschino cherry. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Spiced Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spiced rum substitute; these are available in the market and do a good job mimicking the flavor of dark rum. Root beer can also be a good option. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own dark rum substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, allspice and banana are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-rum” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Spiced Rum Punch cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including spiced rum, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.
If using a maraschino cherry for garnish, make sure to get vegan-friendly ones: some maraschino cherries are colored with cochineal (a type of insect), so look for brands that don't use animal products.

What is a Spiced Rum Punch?

A Spiced Rum Punch is a rum-based cocktail made of spiced rum and fruit juices such as orange and pineapple, often garnished with fresh fruits or spices like nutmeg.

A side shot of a Spiced Rum Punch cocktail in a hurricane glass on a wooden coaster placed on a wooden table surrounded by a white cloth, a bowl with lime, orange, pineapple, and a strainer, in front of a red background

What is a Spiced Rum Punch made of – The ingredients

To begin your Spiced Rum Punch preparation, assemble these ingredients:

  • Spiced Rum: The star of the show, spiced rum adds a warm, rich flavor to the punch. Its unique blend of spices and sweet undertones creates a complex base for the drink.
  • Fresh Orange Juice: This citrusy addition brings a fresh, tangy note to balance out the richness of the rum. It also adds a vibrant color to the punch.
  • Pineapple Juice: Pineapple juice contributes a tropical flair and natural sweetness to the punch, enhancing its overall fruity profile.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Lime juice provides a sharp, zesty kick that cuts through the sweetness of other ingredients, adding depth and brightness to the punch.
  • Cinnamon Syrup: This syrup lends a touch of sweetness and heartwarming hint of spices to the punch. It also helps in blending all flavors harmoniously.
  • Angostura Bitters: A few dashes of this potent elixir add complexity and an aromatic layer to the punch.
  • Ice Cubes: Ice cubes are essential for chilling the punch without diluting its robust flavors. They also add a refreshing element to this tropical concoction.
  • Pineapple Slices and Maraschino Cherries (for garnish): These colorful garnishes make your punch visually appealing and add subtle fruity notes when immersed in the drink.

Spiced Rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters, orange wedge, pineapple slice, and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Spiced Rum Punch?

Follow our uncomplicated steps to make a delicious Spiced Rum Punch:

1
<p>First, fill your highball or hurricane glass generously with ice cubes. Give it a gentle stir to ensure the glass is well-chilled, and set it aside.</p>

First, fill your highball or hurricane glass generously with ice cubes. Give it a gentle stir to ensure the glass is well-chilled, and set it aside.

2
<p>In the shaker, add 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters The bitters add a complex, aromatic depth to the cocktail.</p>

In the shaker, add 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters The bitters add a complex, aromatic depth to the cocktail.

3
<p>Then, pour ½ ounce of cinnamon syrup. This imparts a warm, spicy sweetness that complements the other flavors.</p>

Then, pour ½ ounce of cinnamon syrup. This imparts a warm, spicy sweetness that complements the other flavors.

4
<p>You can now pour in the juices: start by adding 1½ ounces of fresh orange juice. The orange juice provides a vibrant, citrusy sweetness.</p>

You can now pour in the juices: start by adding 1½ ounces of fresh orange juice. The orange juice provides a vibrant, citrusy sweetness.

5
<p>Continue with 1 ounce of pineapple juice. The pineapple juice adds a tropical touch.</p>

Continue with 1 ounce of pineapple juice. The pineapple juice adds a tropical touch.

6
<p>Add ⅔ ounce of fresh lime juice to the shaker. The lime juice introduces a zesty tang that balances the overall flavor profile</p>

Add ⅔ ounce of fresh lime juice to the shaker. The lime juice introduces a zesty tang that balances the overall flavor profile

7
<p>Finally, add 2 ounces of spiced rum to the mix. The spiced rum is the star of the cocktail, bringing a rich, warm, and slightly spicy character that forms the backbone of the drink.</p>

Finally, add 2 ounces of spiced rum to the mix. The spiced rum is the star of the cocktail, bringing a rich, warm, and slightly spicy character that forms the backbone of the drink.

8
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

9
<p>Securely close the shaker, and vigorously shake the ingredients for 10-15 seconds. This will thoroughly chill the mixture and meld the flavors together, creating a harmonious blend of sweet, tangy, and spicy notes.</p>

Securely close the shaker, and vigorously shake the ingredients for 10-15 seconds. This will thoroughly chill the mixture and meld the flavors together, creating a harmonious blend of sweet, tangy, and spicy notes.

10
<p>Take the highball or hurricane glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Add more ice if necessary, and then strain the drink from the shaker over the ice-filled glass, ensuring a smooth and well-chilled pour.</p>

Take the highball or hurricane glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Add more ice if necessary, and then strain the drink from the shaker over the ice-filled glass, ensuring a smooth and well-chilled pour.

11
<p>Complete the presentation by garnishing the cocktail with a pineapple wedge and/or a maraschino cherry. This adds a visually appealing touch and a hint of extra flavor, enhancing the tropical and festive feel of the drink. Serve immediately to enjoy its fresh and vibrant taste to the fullest.</p>

Complete the presentation by garnishing the cocktail with a pineapple wedge and/or a maraschino cherry. This adds a visually appealing touch and a hint of extra flavor, enhancing the tropical and festive feel of the drink. Serve immediately to enjoy its fresh and vibrant taste to the fullest.

History and Origin of the Spiced Rum Punch

Let’s set sail on a journey back to the 17th century. Our first stop was the Caribbean islands, where sugarcane plantations were thriving. Here, plantation workers discovered molasses, a by-product of sugar refining, could be fermented and distilled to produce a potent spirit – rum.

As rum production flourished, it quickly became a favorite among sailors. However, drinking it straight was often too harsh. So, they began mixing it with whatever ingredients they had on hand – typically water, lime juice, and spices – to make it more palatable. This concoction eventually evolved into what we now know as rum punch.

A Spiced Rum Punch cocktail, shot from above, in an hurricane glass on a beige surface surrounded by Spiced Rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters, orange wedge, pineapple slice, and lime

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FAQ

How many calories does a Spiced Rum Punch drink contain?
A standard serving of Spiced Rum Punch typically contains around 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific recipe and the types and amounts of mixers used.
How potent is a Spiced Rum Punch cocktail?
The strength of a Spiced Rum Punch cocktail can vary based on the ratio of alcohol to mixers and on the type of rum used. Generally, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of about 10-12% , translating to 20-24 proof. This makes it a moderately potent cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Spiced Rum Punch?
As the name suggests, Spiced Rum Punch primarily uses spiced rum as its base alcohol. The unique flavor profile of spiced rum, often featuring notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and clove, contributes significantly to the overall taste of the cocktail.
In what kind of glass is a Spiced Rum Punch served?
A Spiced Rum Punch is traditionally served in a highball or hurricane glass. These tall glasses allow plenty of room for ice and mixers, enhancing the visual appeal and drinking experience.
What does a Spiced Rum Punch taste like?
A Spiced Rum Punch offers a delightful blend of sweet, spicy, and fruity flavors. The spiced rum provides warmth and depth, while fruit juices add sweetness and tanginess. Adding spices like nutmeg or cinnamon can add an extra complexity layer.
How is a Spiced Rum Punch served in terms of ice and presentation?
A Spiced Rum Punch is usually served over ice, often called "on the rocks." This helps to keep the drink chilled and dilutes it slightly, making it more refreshing. It's common to garnish the drink with a slice of fruit, a maraschino cherry or even a mint sprig for added freshness.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Spiced Rum Punch?
You can make a non-alcoholic version of Spiced Rum Punch by substituting the spiced rum with a non-alcoholic alternative, such as a root beer or a store-bought non-alcoholic rum (see above, section “Making it non-alcoholic”).

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