Caribbean Christmas Punch {dark rum}

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Merry Christmas Eve, ya’ll!! I’m posting today during my holiday break to share my Caribbean Christmas Punch. Had enough pumpkin, peppermint and egg nog? Me too. I created this punch for our Christmas Eve party tonight, a mix of traditional holiday flavors like cranberry, orange and ginger – with an island twist of dark rum and cherry. Just take a sip and imagine yourself somewhere very warm.

caribbean christmas dark rum punch

When it comes to entertaining, nothing is easier than a punch. You can prepare mass quantities ahead of time so you can spend the party enjoying your guests, not shakin’ up cocktails. Every good punch has several key components, one being a fizzy beverage to give the punch a pop. Today I’m using Canada Dry Ginger Ale, something I drink on a regular, almost obsessive level, basis. It not only adds the fizz, but real ginger flavor, perfect for the holidays.

caribbean christmas dark rum punch

When I was shopping at Vons (Safeway in other areas) I knew I wanted dark rum and cranberry, but felt like straight cranberry might be too tart. Then I saw this Cherry-Cran juice and it all clicked. If you can’t find this blend, just buy the juices separately. A good punch contains citrus and what goes better with cranberry than orange? Bam. The punch came together and all in one store.

caribbean christmas dark rum punch

Just a couple tips, don’t keep ice in your punch to avoid bruising (i.e. watered down terribleness). Keep a bucket of ice nearby with a scoop so guests can serve themselves. Another great tip is to score your cherries with a knife before you put them in the punch. This will give you a greater infusion of flavor but keep the pits inside the fruit (and out of your punch).

Enjoy, everyone — I’ll see you all after the holiday!

Caribbean Christmas Punch


  • 350 ml Meyer’s Dark Rum
  • 1 liter Cran-Cherry juice
  • 2 oz Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
  • 1 liter Canada Dry Ginger Ale, plus more to top
  • orange slices, cranberries, cherries (scored) for garnish


  1. Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl.
  2. Serve over ice. Top with Canada Dry Ginger Ale and garnish with orange wedge and cherry.

Pair this punch with more cranberry like my Mini Cranberry Pies with 5 Spice Meringue!

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  1. December 27, 2014 at 8:15 am — Reply

    I do not drink because I am nursing my baby but this sounds like a great recipe virgin too!

  2. December 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    This sounds like a wonderful cocktail. Thanks for sharing!

  3. December 29, 2014 at 8:10 am — Reply

    I’d love to have a glass of your dark rum punch. Looks delicious.

  4. December 29, 2014 at 10:00 am — Reply

    This looks wonderful and perfect for holiday celebrations! Can’t wait to try it out!

  5. Jamar
    March 14, 2017 at 12:52 am — Reply

    Thank you for the post. I focus more on the SMB and Social Media and there are great lessons to be learned from what Ford accomplished.

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