Exotic & Fruity Jacmel Haitian Rum Punch – Tropical Haitian Cocktail Recipe

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Last Updated on May 19, 2021 by Chef Mireille

Haitian Rum Punch, also known as Jacmel, is a fruity rum laced cocktail that makes a delightful cocktail for summer picnics and barbecues.

What says summer more than a delicious fruity mixed drink?

Most Caribbean islands make a version of Rum Punch, since each island distills their own rum. With sugarcane being a major crop in the Caribbean, rum production is a natural result. Therefore, most Caribbean cocktails use rum as a base for cocktails.

We even make Vanilla Extract in rum, instead of vodka.

In fact, in English Speaking Caribbean Islands, bars are more often called the Rum Shop, unless it is a high end place. The Rum Shop is where you go for drinks and small snacks to eat.

However, there’s a twist that makes Haitian Rum Punch a little different than most Caribbean Rum Punch.

Before we get to today’s Haitiank Drink, don’t forget to check out my complete collection of Haitian Recipes.

Haitian Rum Punch Cocktail - Popular Haitian Drinks

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What is Rum Punch made of?

Rum Punch is usually a combination of rum, simple syrup, tropical fruit juices like mango, pineapple and guava.

The recipes can vary depending what juice you have about – it can be made with any combination of orange, pineapple, mango, passionfruit, papaya and guava. However, lime juice is always required.

Rum Punch is the most popular cocktail on English, French and Dutch speaking Caribbean islands.

I have already showed you the basic Rum Punch Recipe here, including a non alcoholic Rum Punch Mocktail variation.

However, the Haitian version has a twist – the addition of Grand Marnier. Orange flavored liqueur is something Haitians use a lot in cocktails or to add an extra kick to anything. In fact, when my Dad ate cakes like Haitian Orange Cake or Caribbean Spice Cake, he used to eat it with some Grand Marnier in a tea cup. He would dip the cake in the Grand Marnier as he ate it.

Rum Punch is one of the first drinks most Caribbean children will drink. Even before we are of drinking age, our parents would give it to us adding extra juice in it, at family parties. However, we were still not allowed to drink when we went out.

When my Dad would make this, he would just call it Haitian drink. It is only when I decided to present it here and I was doing a little research, I found out it goes by the name Jacmel. Jacmel, is a town located just south of the capital of Port-au-Prince in Haiti. It also just happens to be where my Dad was born.

If you like fruity mixed drinks, you’re going to love this Rum Punch Cocktail.

Haitian Rum Punch Cocktail - Popular Haitian Drinks

Which rum should you use to make Haitian Rum Punch Cocktail?

Every Caribbean island is extremely partial to their Rum – Trini’s think Angostura is the best rum, while Jamaican’s think Appleton’s is the best. Bajan Rum Punch with Mount Gay Rum is the only way to go in Barbados. Therefore, for Haitians, we wouldn’t think of using anything other than Rhum Barbancourt.

I am not going to say you can only make Haitian Rum Punch with Barbancourt because depending where you live, you might not have access to it. However, if your liquor store does carry Barbancourt, I suggest getting it for the rustic smoky tones in it.

Rum Punch is best when made with either dark or amber rum.

Ingredients

ingredients for Rum Punch Cocktail
  • Dark Rum (Rhum Barbancourt Haitian Rum is the best)
  • Mango Rum (Pango by Rhum Barbancourt is a Haitian rum infused with mango and pineapple. However Bacardi also makes Mango Rum if Pango is not available)
  • Grand Marnier (Gran Gala is the same as Grand Marnier and is a fraction of the cost)
  • pineapple juice
  • fresh lime juice
  • pineapple wedges or mango slices, for garnish
  • flavored sugar for rim of the glass (optional)
  • grenadine (optional)

Useful Tools you may need:

Flexible Cutting Board
Bartending Set

Sugar Rim

Nowadays, there are many specialty shops where you can purchase a variety of flavored sugars. It has become a fairly popular ingredient. I had some Mango Habanero Sugar I picked up from The Spice & Tea Exchange when I was in Savannah.

Although sugar or salt on the rim of the glass is mostly associated with Martini’s, it adds another flavor profile and can be used for other cocktails like this Haitian Rum Punch.

How to Rim a Glass

  • Cut a wedge of lime and squeeze the lime, while rubbing it along the perimeter of the glass. Make sure the glass is wet all around the rim.
  • On a shallow plate, pour out the flavored sugar.
  • Turn the glass upside down and place on the plate of sugar.
  • Twist the glass to make sure the sugar has adhered around the rim.
How to rim a glass for cocktails

How to make Rum Punch Cocktail – Haitian style

  • Combine everything except the garnish in a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake well and pour into glasses.
  • Garnish with mango slices or pineapple wedges.
How to make Haitian Rum Punch Cocktail

This cocktail recipe is one of the most popular Haitian drinks.

Jacmel Rum Punch - Popular Haitian Drinks
Rum Punch Cocktail - Popular Haitian Drinks
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Haitian Tropical Rum Punch

Rum Punch Cocktail is a delicious combination of rum and tropical fruit juices. A fruity cocktail!
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 210kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. dark rum
  • 5 oz. mango rum
  • 2 oz. grand marnier or any orange liqueur
  • 4 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • a few drops of grenadine optional
  • flavored sugar optional

Instructions

  • Rim the glass with sugar, if using
  • In your shaker, combine dark rum, mango rum, orange liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice and grenadine (if using).
  • Fill the shaker with ice.
  • Shake well and pour into martini glasses or serve over ice in low ball/whisky glasses.
  • Garnish with fresh pineapple or mango.

Notes

If you are using a bartender set, each shot is equal to 1 liquid oz. or 2 tablespoons. If you do not have a bartender set, 2 tablespoons represent each liquid ounce.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Tamara

    5 stars
    Whew! We had a super fun weekend with this punch! It was absolutely delicious, and definitely snuck up on us! It’ll be in frequent rotation this summer!

  2. Marta

    5 stars
    I’m always looking for different cocktails to prepare while hosting. Made this earlier today and it was delicious! It will definitely make an appearance at my parties!

  3. Robin

    5 stars
    I was happy to come across this recipe as I am partial to a good punch. After trying it, this one will definitely be in my summer repertoire.

  4. Jessica

    5 stars
    We had super warm weather in Chicago this past weekend so I made this for some afternoon cocktails. SO delicious! They are fruity and will sneak up on you LOL

  5. Chenée

    5 stars
    This was such a refreshing cocktail! The flavors of mango, orange and lime were amazing. Thanks for providing me with my happy hour drink today!

  6. Lilly

    5 stars
    This Rum punch is soo good! I made it for a picnic I hosted with friends this weekend and everyone LOVED it!! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Shanna Jones

    5 stars
    I was looking for a refreshing rum cocktail, and this hit the spot! We made these for a small outdoor gathering, and everyone was asking for the recipe. Of course, I sent them right here!

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