Hot Rum Punch – A warm hug in a glass

Rum Punch

Hot Rum Punch

A warm hug in a glass. This recipe is designed for serving at a party and makes a nice alternative to mulled wine, but you could always make it up for cosy nights in by the fire and heat it as required.


  • 4 lemons
  • 1 orange
  • 150g Demerara sugar
  • 250 ml dark rum
  • 250 ml white rum
  • 250 ml brandy
  • 20 ml ginger syrup
  • Freshly grated nutmeg to taste


    1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest of 2 lemons and the orange in strips. Drop into a large heatproof bowl (I use a preserving pan) and combine with sugar. Muddle together with a muddler, pestle or the back of a wooden spoon. Allow the mixture to infuse over night.
    2. Halve the orange and squeeze the juice into a measuring jug. Halve lemons and squeeze lemon juice into the measuring jug and set aside
    3. When ready to serve, bring 2 pints of water to a boil. Pour rum and brandy into a punch serving bowl with the sugar and citrus peel.
    4. Add reserved citrus juice, ginger syrup and boiling water and stir well. Grate nutmeg over top of punch and ladle into glasses.
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