How to Make Rum Punch

By Robert Hess

Punch is great any time of year! With books like David Wondrich's Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl punches are becoming even more popular. Whether at home or behind the bar making a great punch is a wonderful way to bring friends and family together. In this very special episode, Chesterfield Browne, global ambassador for Mount Gay Rum, demonstrates his recipe for Rum Punch.

Recipe

Ingredients

4 oz Lime Juice

1 oz Angostura Bitters

1 1/2 oz Grenadine Syrup

19 oz Mount Gay Eclipse Rum

13 oz Sugar Syrup

1 tsp Nutmeg

18 oz Water

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl.

Allow to rest for two hours.

Serve over ice and garnish with a cherry.

Comments
Trevor 11 Jan 2011
7:35 pm

Thanks Robert, gonna have to try this one out for the next party!  Did he tell you how to mix up that rum old fashioned?  Wasn’t sure if it would be the same as a bourbon old fashioned, just with rum instead, or would certain ingredients differ?

Robert Hess 12 Jan 2011
7:01 am

Trevor, a “Rum Old Fashioned” is just as you might expect, an Old Fashioned made with Rum. The base recipe for an old fashioned should be considered as:

2 oz spirit
1 tsp sweetener
dash bitters

You can use any spirit, any sweetener, and any bitters (thankfully we now have a wide selelction to choose from!) of your choice. You can go very basic by just using simple syrup and angostura bitters, or you can use things like honey, agave syrup, molasses, Cointreau, Maraschino, etc. in order to add a little extra character.

-Robert

goblue72 13 Jan 2011
9:53 pm

Been slowly making my way through Wondrich’s book - setting the Charles Dicken’s punch aflame over the holidays was a hoot.  Will definitely be trying this one.  Looks like 2011 is shaping up to be “The Year Punch Broke”.

David R. 27 Jun 2011
2:10 am

Mr. Hess,

In the video, Chesterfield Brown empties the entire bottle of rum into the bowl, which I’m assuming is 750 mL. When converted to ounces, it comes out to a little more than 25. I’m planning on making this for our guests at my family’s Fourth of July gathering but am unsure of how much rum to use because the instructions listed call for 19 oz and not 25.

Robert Hess 27 Jun 2011
5:43 am

David,
The recipe we listed is what Chesterfield had provided to us, and looking through it, and comparing to what he does “on camera”, I see that there are a few places where it doesn’t quite match up.

If you want to try to duplicate the recipe as filmed, here is what you want to use:

26 oz rum
4 oz lime juice
1.5 oz grenadine
1 oz angostura
16 oz water
1 tsp nutmeg
16 oz simple syrup
sliced lemons and limes

I suspect, if you were to try both of these recipes, they would taste pretty much the same. You’ll recall we also discuss going “freestyle” with punches, where you sort of just add what you need to get the flavor about where you want it, much like making a soup. So feel free to taste the punch and adjust as necessary. Not too tart, not too sweet, and not too strong.

Michael "Michaelogist" Kelley 20 Sep 2011
7:05 am

Robert,

It appears that he adds 4 full Oxo “jiggers” worth of simple, which should translate to closer to 8oz, which would seem to be in better balance with the 4 oz of lime.  Thoughts?

Mike

Nick L. 14 Nov 2011
11:56 am

I noticed that too, Mike.  As he counts off the measurements, it seems like he’s counting off the tablespoons, not the ounces.  I agree with you that 8 ounces of simple syrup sounds like a better balance than 16.

Steven D. Lauria 20 Sep 2012
1:01 pm

Hi, Robert. The recipe below the video calls for 19 ounces of the rum and 13 ounces of the simple syrup; but, in the video, the ambassador says that he’s pouring about 26 ounces or the Mount Gay Eclipse and 16 ounces of the simple syrup.

Especially because I know that the cocktail which you post are very-well balanced, would you please tell me which quantity or each would be the best.

Thank you! You are, indeed, one of best!

Steven D. Lauria 20 Sep 2012
7:32 pm

Hi, Robert. Never mind. I saw your response to David’s missive. I’ll put in the whole bottle of rum and use a tad more simple syrup.

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