Bajan Rum Punch

If you’ve ever been to Barbados, you’ve likely tried a delicious Bajan Rum Punch. The recipe for Bajan Rum Punch is contained in a simple poem:

One of sour,  two of sweet,  three of strong, and four of weak,
A dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice,
Serve well chilled, with plenty of ice.

Bajan Rum Punch


For a small serving (2 glasses) use ounces, for a large batch, measure in cups instead. You can scale up or down your measurements by using the same ratio of units/parts for the ingredients.


  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (1 of sour)
  • 2 oz simple syrup (2 of sweet)
  • 3 oz Mount Gay rum (3 of strong)
  • 4 oz  Water or Fruit Juice (4 of weak)
  • a few dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • sprinkle ground nutmeg to taste

Mix together and serve over ice. Enjoy!

Note: Traditionally, the original Bajan Rum Punch is mixed with water, but we like it with a blend of pineapple juice and guava juice for “4 of weak”. If you’d like it less sweet and with a stronger rum flavour, then use water as the mix. You can also make a delicious non-alcoholic fruit punch for kids by removing the rum and the bitters.

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