Recipe: Jamaica Rum Punch

Jamaican Rum Punch

Credit: Nola Reid

Jamaican Rum Punch

Credit: Nola Reid

Recipe provided by Nola Reid

During British colonization, Jamaica was a definite stop on the triangular trade route. Slaves were shipped to the West Indies to work on sugar plantations. Rum, sugar, and molasses were produced on the island and shipped to Britain. 

Rum is a central part of Jamaican culture. Made from sugar cane, molasses is mixed with water and fermented, and yeast added to produce this liquid that quenched the thirst of sailors, pirates, and locals alike.

Rum is used to cure any ailment from the common cold to aching joints. We use as drinks and for cooking. Rum makes everything feel and taste a lot better. 

The ‘feel ire’ drink –  Rum Punch: A recipe

In the midst of every Jamaican celebration is the staple WHITE RUM. It warms your soul and lifts your spirits, but “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak”,

A rhyme known by all Jamaican Rum Punch mixer is the life of any and every party. 


  • White overproof Jamaican Rum ( three of strong)
  • Lemons (one of sour)
  • granulated sugar (two of sweet)
  • Strawberry syrup
  • water (Four of weak )


  1. 3 cups of rum
  2. 1 cup of lemon juice
  3. 1cup granulated sugar
  4. 1 cup strawberry syrup 
  5. 4 cups of water
  6. Combine all ingredients
  7. Mix thoroughly 
  8. Serve over ice.

To preserve, add 6 pimento berries, some grated nutmeg, a pinch of salt. Prepare in advance for parties. Beware, it literally creeps up on you. So when you start grinning and begin to feel mellow you’ve been stung by the ‘ire’ bug. 



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