If Planter’s Punch sounds too sweet, try a Trinidad Rum Punch.  It’s refreshing and easy to drink, and goes down well in hot, humid weather. In fact, it goes down well in any weather.

Like many of the tropical rum punches, a traditional Trinidad Rum Punch follows the basic recipe “one sour, two sweet, three strong, and four weak.” Originally it would have been made with sugar rather than grenadine and water instead of the club soda, so these are easy substitutions to make. Some recipes suggest lemon juice, but stick with lime, and definitely a dark rum. A sprinkle of finely grated nutmeg is optional, but adds a little extra layer of flavor.

Recipe: Trinidad Rum Punch Recipe


  • 1 ½ oz. dark rum
  • 1 ½ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. grenadine
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • club soda


  1. Pour the rum, juice and grenadine into an ice-filled Collins glass.
  2. Add the bitters and top off with club soda.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple spear, maraschino cherry, and a lemon or orange slice.
  5. Serve with straws.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 1