Mango Passion Fruit Rum Punch

mango passion fruit rum punchAaaaahhhhh….vacation. There’s nothing that I love more than vacation — no alarm clocks, no laptops, no work, no problems! From weekends down the shore to island vacations, happy hour is always on the schedule! We have a thing for Caribbean cocktails — anything with rum and juice that’s so fruity and delicious it just TASTES like the Caribbean. On the first day of vacation, we go crazy with the frozen blended (aka high calorie) drinks — daiquiris in every fruit flavor imaginable, or my personal favorite, the Miami Vice (half strawberry daiquiri/half pina colada).

By the middle of vacation week, I’m so over the heavy drinks and prefer something a little less “frozen.” Enter the rum punch…a true Caribbean staple. There are MANY variations of this deliciously tropical drink and I’ve made my own version using coconut rum, mango/passion fruit juice and grenadine. Coconut rum is a must for that coconut-y tropical factor, but you could substitute almost any flavor of juice. I like the blended juice combinations, but this recipe would be just as delicious with straight-up orange juice, pineapple juice, etc. The splash of grenadine adds just enough sweetness and creates the gorgeous “sunset” look. Serve in a clear glass to wow your guests!

I served the drinks in martini glasses so I altered the proportions a bit, but see the original recipe here if you plan to serve in a larger glass. I used a regular-sized shot glass to measure out the rum and juice. Enjoy!

Mango Passion Fruit Rum Punch
Yield: 1 servings | Serving size: 1 cocktail
Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: – mins | Total time: 5 mins

Ingredients:
1 part (shot) coconut rum
2 parts (shots) mango/passion fruit juice (or juice you have on hand, orange or pineapple would work well)
Splash of grenadine

Instructions:
1. In a clear glass, combine coconut rum and fruit juice*
2. Add splash of grenadine and garnish with a maraschino cherry (optional)
*If rum and juice are room temperature, mix together in a cocktail shaker with ice to chill, then pour into glass.

As always, please drink responsibly. This recipe is intended only for those of legal age to consume alcohol.

Recipe slightly adapted from: Averie Cooks
Photography: Lighten Up Recipes

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