PATOO SIPS: Searching for the Perfect Jamaican Rum Punch

When I decided to write about travel and lifestyle, particularly on Jamaica, it was a no-brainer. Honestly, I never thought my career as a marketing consultant and curator would have me writing on the search for my go-to drink of choice these days, the infamous Rum Punch.

Now, I’m not averse to finding another cocktail, but as a wise man once said it’s in the journey, not the destination… and what a pleasant journey this turned out to be. So it all started at the Appleton Rum Tour on the southern coast of Jamaica. Quick note here, Jamaica has some of the best rum in the world and Appleton is known as possibly its largest Rum producer. The Appleton Estate Tour gives you an exclusive tour of a part of Jamaica’s history and culture. And best part of it is, it ends with a rum tasting that has you singing the lyrics to your favorite Bob Marley tunes…and then some!

You might be thinking to yourself, ‘Why the need to have the perfect rum punch…aren’t they all the same?’ While the base of it is true, I decided to try my hand at this simple cocktail.

In Jamaica the right way to make a classic rum punch is “one part sour, two parts sweet, three parts strong and four parts weak”. Loosely translated as 1 measure of Sour – Lime; 2 measures of sweet - Sugar Syrup; 3 measures of Strong - the Rum; and 4 measures of weak - usually means water. The simple 1-2-3-4 method. But I’m letting you into the “Mr. PATOO” secret recipe for my perfect rum punch. And that is I try to use as many natural ingredients as possible. Also, I won’t go into exact measurements because it can be adjusted in terms of ratio for any amount from a glass to a pitcher.


·      1 measure freshly squeezed Lime Juice

·      2 measures Sugar Syrup

·      3 measures Rum (I use Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum and Appleton)

·      4 measures of "Weak" (I heat this water with some natural cloves for an added robust flavor)

·      Additionally I either juice some Julie mangoes or passion fruit for extra body

Give it a try and let me know what you think.