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!

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