Friday, August 16, 2013

Beer-Rum Punch

In honor of  #RumDay we are posting a day early! Thanks for stopping in!

I wasn't going to do a #RumDay post this year, but I was amazed at the number of people on the Twitter that were asking for Rum Punch recipes! Crap, they are everywhere! You don’t hardly even have to look and you’ll find one. But for a “GOOD” recipe, you’ll have to do some mixing and see what you like!

I can think of several rum punch drinks that really stick out in my head. Perhaps the best I’ve ever had was at the Sunset Jamaica Grand hotel in Ocho Rios Jamaica. That was a trip that we booked using the good folks at CheapCaribbean.com. We didn't care for the area, but the Rum Punch was amazing and the resort was BEAUTIFUL!

Running a close second would be the arrival drink at Bolongo Bay in St. Thomas, where I am always willing to hang my #Castaway hat and call home for a weekend!

The third best EVER... Beach Bar at Cruz Bay on St. John. An eclectic little kick ass joint that is right on the beach, serving up good times, good food, good music and rum by the barrel! If you go to St. John and miss the Beach Bar.... You need to work on your travel and exploration skills!

But I must admit that as a Beer Guy, I get a bit distressed without some sort of malt and hops. So I devised my own version a few years ago that I think you should at least try.

It goes something like this:
2 parts guava nectar
2 parts pineapple juice
1 part OJ
Enough grenadine to turn it all red.

I mix this up at least 4 hours in advance to let the flavors mingle a bit! Rum Punch is a social drink, so there is no reason to keep the flavors from having some fun too!

In a pint glass packed with ice, add 1/2 oz (more or less) Wray and Nephew white overproof and 2 oz (more or less) Cruzan Aged Dark rum and 3 oz Carib Lager. (any light lager will work) Then top with the fruit juice mix and stir gently.

The thing to remember when making Rum Punch is that you cannot use cheap rum. Never use a rum that isn’t good enough to drink on the rocks. You just won’t be happy with the end result. Cruzan Aged Dark is my “Go To” rum. I always keep it on hand and it works for damn near anything without breaking the budget!

***Pro Tip!***

Get the big bottle, you’ll save a lot of cash.


Another tip for Rum Punch that I give to anyone looking to make one, make it strong, but not too strong. A Rum Punch should be tasty and smooth... Refreshing if you will. It should be strong enough that you know you’ve had an adult beverage when you’re finished, but you should be able to drink them all afternoon without making an ass of yourself.



If you are looking for more rum punch recipes, check out +RumShopRyan - Caribbean Escape Blogger  Boat Drink specialties HERE!

Have some fun this weekend and try a few beer and rum punches. Adjust the contents to your liking and let me know what you think!

~Cheers!

1 comment:

RumShopRyan said...

Thanks for the shout out buddy! I'll definitely have to give this a try. Have a couple Caribs in the fridge now!

Cheers!

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