The Story Behind The Barbadian Rum Punch

Barbados’s rum punch culture is incredible, and it seems like almost everyone on the island has their own recipe. (There is a poem on how to build a good punch: One of sour/ Two of sweet/ Three of strong/ Four of weak/ A dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice/ Serve well chilled with plenty of ice.) This is my version.


  • 2 ounces aged rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 6 dashes aromatic bitters, divided
  • 1 ounce coconut water
  • Grated nutmeg and lime peel, for garnish


  1. Combine rum, lime juice, simple syrup, coconut water, and 3 dashes of aromatic bitters in a shaker.
  2. Shake to combine, and then strain into a glass over crushed ice.
  3. Top with 3 dashes of bitters and grated nutmeg.
  4. Garnish with lime peel.

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Updated: 2019-03-12

The Barbadian Rum Punch Recipe