Barbados Rum Punch

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How’s your summer going? Is it alright? I hope your answer is a resounding “YES!”  Since you’ve been experiencing the weather that Bre and I are lucky enough to enjoy year-round, I thought it would be fun to share with you a drink that we also enjoy year-round.

Our tiny island doesn’t produce much, thanks to a soil that’s made of limestone and coral. But one thing we do grow a lot of is sugar cane. It’s a huge part of the Bajan culture and steeped in tradition. Every year there’s even a celebration, called Crop Over, which celebrates the traditional end of harvesting season. Any reason for a party!

Crop Over celebration in Barbados

Crop Over celebrations in Barbados

Sugar cane can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. I’ve had it raw, where you chew on the cane to release the sweet cane juice. In fact, there are guys that actually sell the raw cane on the side of the roads during harvesting season! Or, you can find fresh cane sugar and molasses in the local stores. But here on the island, the most popular way to enjoy it is rum.

Thanks to the abundance of sugar cane, rum is everywhere. It’s super cheap (even the good stuff!) and it flows freely. There are even songs about it! One of the earliest songs about rum is the little diddy about making rum punch. It goes something like this:


Isn’t that a handy way of remembering a cocktail recipe? I whip up this libation anytime I have out of town guests, and they always love it. If you’re ever in Barbados, the first thing you need to try is a rum punch. And if you can’t make it to our island anytime soon, here’s the recipe so you can enjoy our national drink in your own backyard.

Barbados rum punch

barbados rum punch
Serves 1
A classic rum punch recipe from the island of Barbados
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice
  2. 2 ounces of simple syrup
  3. 3 ounces of rum
  4. 4 ounces of water or passionfruit juice
  5. 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  6. garnish with freshly grated nutmeg
  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Add the lime juice, simple syrup, rum, and water or passionfruit juice to the glass.
  3. Add a few dashes of Angostura Bitters and stir.
  4. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
  5. Relax and enjoy a taste of the Caribbean!
  1. White or dark rum will work with this recipe. For a truly Bajan experience, use a rum from Barbados such as Mount Gay.
  2. You can find Angostura Bitters at any liquor store or grocery store.
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The great thing about this recipe is that it easily doubles or quadruples so you can make up a pitcher to enjoy with your guests. 


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Have you ever been to Barbados?

What’s your favorite Caribbean cocktail?




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    I’m on the exec for the Caribbean club at my school and we threw a party last weekend. We decided to serve a rum punch at the event and had to teach the bartenders how to make it haha
    It was a hit, but I’m pinning this recipe for the next event. Looks so yummy!
    Thanks for sharing 😀

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    Yes, I’ve been to Barbados a few time but I’ve never tried the Rum punch..maybe next time. My favorite Caribbean drink is Sorrel..and Ginger beer..and Mauby lol. Sorry I couldn’t pick.

    I’m so happy I found your blog via the SITS Sharefest. Have a great weekend.

    Vashti (Grenadian)

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      Thanks for stopping by Vashti! A fellow islander 🙂 I must admit, I haven’t tried Sorrel or Mauby yet. You try the rum punch, and I’ll try the Sorrel. Deal?

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    Okay, so I’m heading your way and you’re going to make me this punch, okay? LOL! Seriously, this looks delicious! And what an awesome lifestyle too. I’m trying this drink ASAP.
    P.S. I was a random kid who happened to enjoy chewing on raw sugar cane sticks for kicks and giggles; so I have a true appreciation for this piece. 🙂
    New friend visiting from SITS 🙂

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