Bajan Rum Punch

One of sour, Two of sweet, Three of strong, and, Four of weak is the rhyme Bajan’s use to mix a rum punch.

Bajan rum punch
Bajan rum punch.
Drink responsibly. Bajan Rum punch carries the kick of a mule! Don’t be fooled!
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cups Bajan raw cane sugar syrup (thick)
  • 3 cups Bajan rum (Burts preference is Cockspur!)
  • 4 cups water
  • A few dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • Grated nutmeg
  • A slice of lemon or lime
  • Some also add a glace (cocktail) cherry!

In a pitcher, combine the lime juice, syrup, rum, water, and bitters and stir well. Pour into glasses filled with ice, and sprinkle the nutmeg over the top.  Add a slice of lemon or lime and a glace (cocktail) cherry if you must!

There you have it, a Bajan rum punch – just like Sammy the chief barman at the Powell Spring Hotel in Bathsheba used to make!  The Barbados Yacht Club rum punch recipe adds 1 shot of Falernum (pronounced fah-learn-um) rum.

PS.  The kids too can enjoy this recipe.  Just leave out the Rum and the nutmeg.  Add a glace cherry on a cocktail stick.  This virgin Rum Punch is known to Bajan kids as a Bentley.

Leave out the bitters and rum and use soda water instead of water and now you have a Bajan Lime squash.

7 thoughts on “Bajan Rum Punch”

  1. 1st visit to Southern Palms in 1990, bartender (Sigmund – alas deceased)

    1st one – WOW
    2nd one – this is moreish
    3rd one – how the hell am I going to get up from this chair.

    9th revisit this summer.

  2. I was told that Manning, who was the bartender at Paradise Beach Club when I was growing up in the 40s and 50s, made the best rum punch! Apparently there was more than one “best”!

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