Rum Punch Recipe with Diplomatico Reserva Rum for National Rum Punch Day

We don’t often share punch recipes around these parts. Mostly because it’s not often that I entertain groups of people to warrant making a bowl full of boozy goodness. The last two I remember sharing were the Citrus Champagne Punch and the Hibiscus Champagne Punch. But… September 20th is National Rum Punch Day. And that of course means it’s time to share a rum punch recipe!

rum punch recipe

It is said that the word ‘punch’ comes from the Hindustani word ‘panch’ which means five. Five referred to the necessary punch elements of sour, bitter, sugar, water and strong (alcoholic). Many punch recipes will have more than five ingredients, in fact some even have over a dozen ingredients. People have been drinking punch for centuries and David Wondrich shares the colorful history of the punch bowl in his book, Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowering Bowl (affiliate link).

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In this particular rum punch recipe, I started with Diplomatico Reserva Rum. It is a batch distilled extra añejo rum that comes from Venezuela. It is rich and full-bodied with hints of golden syrup, orange, cinnamon and dark chocolate. It is smooth, silky and perfect on its own, in rum cocktails and of course, in this rum punch recipe.

diplomatico reserva rum punch

I’ve included directions for making this rum punch recipe for a crowd or a single person. This way, you can enjoy it whether or not you have company. I would also suggest trying it with some nutmeg if you can.

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Rum Punch Recipe (for a crowd)

Serves 8 to 12


  • 2 cups Diplomatico Reserva Rum
  • 5 ounces of fresh squeezed lime juice (about 5 limes)
  • 1 1/4 cups orange juice (fresh squeezed if you can)
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 16 ounces of sparkling water
  • Optional: nutmeg to taste
  • Slices of oranges and limes for garnish


  1. Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl, stirring to combine.
  2. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  3. Add slices of oranges and limes to the punch bowl before serving for presentation points.

Rum Punch Recipe (single serving)

Serves 1


  • 1 1/2 ounces Diplomatico Reserva Rum
  • 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime (about 1/2 of a lime)
  • 1 ounce orange juice (fresh squeezed if you can)
  • 1/2 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces sparkling water
  • Optional: nutmeg to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

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Note… I received Diplomatico Reserva Rum in exchange for writing this post and sharing this wonderful rum punch recipe. All thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own. As is my love of rum punch and my desire to celebrate National Rum Punch Day. Although, I’m sure you want to join me in celebrating this wonderful holiday.


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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. When not playing bartender in her kitchen and on the Internet, Jessica can be found improving her food and drink photography, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Jessica also writes at allParenting and Savvy Sassy Moms. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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