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  • There are many variations of this recipe, and a lot of people have different opinions about the best recipe for rum punch and fruit punch
  • I would personally recommend shaking this mixture before serving for optimal taste
  • Although recommended, it's definitely not necessary, because this is a recipe you can really get creative with

    • by Davis Tucker
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      One of the most popular drinks in the Caribbean, especially St. Thomas and St. John is rum punch. For anyone not of legal drinking age, it’s fruit punch, which is the same thing minus the rum. In my days of bartending on St. Thomas and St. John, these were the two drinks I sold the most of, and they’re usually the first requests for anyone new to the islands, and even with a lot of locals.

      There are many variations of this recipe, and a lot of people have different opinions about the best recipe for rum punch and fruit punch. Guavaberry is a main ingredient in many recipes, but I’m going to omit it here, because guavaberry is more of an acquired taste, and people tend to have strong opinions about


      it. Usually they love it, or they hate it.

      The recipe I’m giving you is a simple recipe that is commonly used in many bars and restaurants on St. Thomas and St. John. It’s made with common ingredients that are easy to find, so anyone can try it at home.

      Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make fruit punch:

      orange juice (fresh or canned is fine) pineapple juice (again, fresh or canned is fine) grenadine fresh lime

      Simply combine equal parts orange juice and pineapple juice, add a dash of grenadine, serve over ice, and garnish with a slice of fresh lime. I would personally recommend shaking this mixture before serving for optimal taste.

      To make your fruit punch into a rum punch, simply add 1 ounce of your favorite rum. I ...


      • personally recommend Cruzan dark, and it’s also the common choice used at a lot of bars and restaurants in St. Thomas and St. John. Although recommended, it’s definitely not necessary, because this is a recipe you can really get creative with. I’ve often used flavored rums in this recipe, including banana, coconut, orange, and mango, because the flavored rums really add a nice extra twist. You can even use a combination of two or more flavors of rum. The only thing I would recommend not doing is blending your rum punch or fruit punch into a frozen drink. I’ve had customers request that these drinks be frozen, and although I complied, the result was never very pleasing. They’re definitely best served over ice.

        Additional garnishes you can add to

        your fruit punch or rum punch are cherries, lemon slices, orange slices, and pineapple slices. There’s not a single correct way to make these drinks. I also dare say that if you order a rum punch in the islands, it’s highly likely that you’re getting more than 1 ounce of rum in your drink. Generally speaking, fruit and fruit juices are more expensive than rum in St. Thomas and St. John, so it’s more economical to skimp on the juice and add extra rum.

        So you can see that these are pretty basic recipes, but they were definitely the most requested recipes by tourists I met when I was bartending in the islands. It’s an easy way to get a little taste of the islands when you’re back at home dreaming about being on vacation again.

        Cheers!




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