Bajan Rum Punch

One of sour, Two of sweet, Three of strong and Four of weak is the mnemonic rhyme Bajan’s use for making Bajan rum punch. Here, the sour is lime juice, the sweet is sugar syrup, the strong is rum and the weak is water.

This is how you make a Bajan rum punch:

Bajan rum punch
Bajan rum punch.
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice – please do not use bottled lime juice
  • 2 cups Bajan home made sugar syrup made with raw cane sugar dissolved into water until it is a thick brown syrup. If you don’t make your own then “Le Sirop de Monin Pure cane sugar” syrup which is available at the supermarket is a good alternative
  • 3 cups dark Bajan rum (Burts preference is Cockspur!)
  • 4 cups water
  • A good 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 barman at the Powell Spring Hotel in Bathsheba used to make for our parents when we were kids!  The Barbados Yacht Club rum punch recipe adds 1 shot of Falernum (pronounced fah-learn-um) rum.

Please drink responsibly. Bajan Rum punch carries the kick of a mule! Don’t be fooled!


The kids can enjoy this recipe too. 

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 plain water and now you have a Bajan lime squash.




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Responses to “Bajan Rum Punch”

  1. steve nobes

    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.

    1. Ron Nash

      I lived at Southern Palms for 3 years (67-70) and yes the punch was good

  2. Simon Kreindler

    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”!

  3. Zöe

    Making some this weekend Uncle William! Gotta practice for when we come down in October ?
    See you soon!

    1. William Burton

      Practice makes perfect. Is young Burts licking the spoon yet? Don’t tell Grand and Great Grand Parents!

  4. Kat

    I love Rum Punch too! But always with the best rum, Mount Gay!

  5. Conrad

    My Daddy says Bajan Rum Punch rocks!

    1. Burts

      One day soon you will say so too!

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