Trinidad Rum Punch Recipe

...three variations on a Caribbean theme

Beach slippers for the reader

An ice cold glass of Trinidad Rum Punch, speaks of hot sunny days and balmy Caribbean nights, as is a Tobago Bentley and a Blanchisseuse Rum Punch.
Tasty companions for a Maracas lime or a visit down-the-islands.

These tantalizing taste sensations will transform your deck or patio into a little bit of paradise - an extension of your vacation; a taste of the good times to be shared with friends, along with your Trinidad and Tobago vacation photos.
A glass of Trinidad Rum Punch

 Best in the Caribbean 

Rum has a long history in the Caribbean, and the rums of each Caribbean island have distinct flavors.

The best, in our opinion, is Trinidad rum, and the most popular Trinidad rum is Fernandez Black Label. Black Label is an excellent dark rum, but unfortunately, it is not always available internationally.

When you are exiting Trinidad and Tobago make plans to purchase a supply at duty free. In fact, why not make plans to take an extra couple bottles back with you.

The duty is relatively minor, especially when you consider that a large 1.75 liter bottle of rum cost only $100TT - a mere $16.50US, £8.30UK, €10.50EUR - you just can't go wrong. Give a bottle of rum to friends as a gift; they'll appreciate it, particularly when you show them how to make...

  Trinidad Rum Punch
The traditional Trinidad Rum Punch recipe is 1 sour, 2 sweet, 3 strong, 4 weak. Simple to make. Easy to remember. This is an oldie but a goodie. Let's expand on those ingredients a bit for you:

1 (measure) - freshly squeezed Caribbean lime juice
2 (measures) - cane sugar
3 (measures) - dark Trinidad rum
4 (measures) - water

Serve over ice with a couple dashes of Angostura Bitters and, optionally, a sprinkle of finely grated nutmeg. There you have it, sunshine in a glass! A simple way to transport yourself back to Trinidad, and all it takes is one sip.

Coconut head logo Preperation Notes 

Don't be Tempted to Substitute: For the purpose of making this rum punch recipe, lemons are a poor substitute for limes. They are not grown in Trinidad commercially, and they are much less tart. Stay with lime juice to get the most authentic flavor.

Similarly, dark Trinidad rum may be difficult to find, internationally; if you must substitute, try another dark West Indian rum. This rum punch recipe requires the rich full-bodied flavor of dark rum.

Water or Ice: If you plan to chill the punch before serving, then it's fine as it is. However, if you plan to serve it immediately, reduce the volume of water by half and add ice to chill.

Boil or Shake: Some rum punch recipes suggest that you first make a syrup with the sugar and water. We've never found this necessary. We use a cocktail mixer, a much quicker solution, in our opinion. Anyway, we are seldom tempted to drink rum punch by the gallon... except when we go to the beach, of course.

A word of caution: Don't be fooled by the sweet, fruity flavor, rum punch is potent.

Don't drink and drive. Try this Trinidad delight at your own risk.

  Blanchisseuse Rum Punch
Blanchisseuse Rum Punch was named after a beach party at Blanchisseuse, where we tried this recipe for the first time.

This is a new, improved version of Trinidad Rum Punch, and might be a little more challenging to make due the limited availability of its secret ingredient, portugal juice. While the recipe remains much the same as for Trinidad Rum Punch, you will find the flavor more exotic:

1 (measure) - freshly squeezed Caribbean lime juice
2 (measures) - cane sugar
3 (measures) - dark Trinidad rum
4 (measures) - freshly squeezed Trinidad portugal juice

Serve over ice with a couple dashes of Angostura Bitters and, optionally, a sprinkle of finely grated nutmeg. The same, "dos and don'ts" apply as above if you wish an authentic experience, but please do adjust the recipe to suit your taste. We tend to use a little less sugar ourselves. Enjoy!

A glass of Blanchisseuse Rum PunchCoconut head logo Home Grown in Trinidad 

Grown quite extensively in Trinidad, portugals - pronounced po-tee-gal(s) - are a tangerine-like member of the citrus family, with a strong, distinctive, tangy, orange-like flavor. A taste that pops when compared to the less robust flavor of oranges and mandarins. However, to our knowledge, portugals are not readily available in either North America or Europe. But you can try tangarine juice if you can get it, as it's quite close. However...

It may be worth your while to pick up a couple bottles of portugal juice, at the supermarket in Trinidad, if you'd like to take some home with you. They will survive the trip back in your suitcase. Because...

Trinidad Rum Punch is an excellent cocktail to share with friends, and an ideal way to extend your vacation. One glass is all you need to remember the good times you had, or plan to have, on your Trinidad and Tobago vacation.

Kids enjoy Tobago Bentley's while on vacation in Trinidad What About the Kids? 

Kids deserve their own special vacation cocktail, don't they? The Tobago Bentley is Trinidad Rum Punch's little sister. The "Shirley Temple" of rum punches.

That's correct she's a virgin, non-alcoholic and totally refreshing. Just lay back and enjoy the clean fresh taste of Caribbean lime combined with the tropical flavor of Angostura Bitters. You'll enjoy it as much as the kids.

  Tobago Bentley
A Tobago Bentley is the ideal vacation drink for junior and missy. Garnished with a Maraschino cherry, they'll feel as special as you do when you're sipping your rum punch. Just don't tell them that their vacation cocktail is packed with vitamin C...

1 (measure) - freshly squeezed Caribbean lime juice
2 (measures) - cane sugar
4 (measures) - Club Soda
2 dashes - Angostura Bitters per serving
1 - red Maraschino cherry and 1 cocktail stick per serving

 1   Squeeze lime and pour into cocktail shaker, add sugar and Club Soda.  2   Shake vigorously until sugar is dissolved, remembering to hold lid of cocktail mixer firmly in place.  3   Pour into a tall glass over crushed ice.  4   Add several dashes of bitters and place cherry, pierced with cocktail stick, on top.

Coconut head logo Preparation Notes 

Cane sugar syrup can, and often is, substituted for the sugar to do away with the need of the cocktail mixer.
Bitters can either be stirred in or not depending on your preference. Children tend to like it stirred, adults seem to prefer it floating on top.

Beach slippers for our guestsThere you have it: a recipe for the perfect, non-alcoholic, imitation Trinidad rum punch. Enjoy!

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