The traditional way of making rum punch follows an easy-to-remember rhyme for its ingredient proportions: "one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak." While traditional rum punch usually includes a strong white rum, some use a dark rum for a different flavor profile.
By using the traditional rhyme, you can easily adjust the amount you make from a single drink to a full pitcher for a party by increasing the measurements. To make 10 cups of a traditional rum punch, fill a large pitcher with ice cubes, and add 1 cup of coconut rum and 2 cups of either white rum or dark rum. Stir gently to mix, and add 1 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice, 2 cups of grenadine, 2 cups of orange juice, and 2 cups of pineapple juice. Mix well before chilling in the refrigerator if desired.
Common additions to the traditional rum punch recipe include 5 to 8 dashes of Angostura bitters, nutmeg, and fresh slices of citrus fruits such as oranges or limes for a garnish. For a lighter, more refreshing drink, add 1 cup of carbonated water before serving. Traditional rum punch is a common summer drink often served at family cookouts or while relaxing on the beach.