Teetotalers will like the way this homemade grenadine brightens up sparkling soda or ginger ale when served over ice. Serve this cocktail anytime, but especially as summer draws to a close on September 20th—National Rum Punch Day.

Serves 10


  • 8 ounces (1 cup) Jamaican white rum

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  • 8 ounces (1 cup) dark Jamaican or demerara rum

  • 8 ounces (1 cup) coconut rum

  • 2½ cups fresh pineapple juice

  • 2½ cups fresh orange juice

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 large block of ice

  • 1/3 cup Pomegranate Grenadine (recipe follows)

  • Orange slices

  • Pineapple wedges or leaves from the crown

In a punch bowl, combine the rums and fruit juices. Stir in the water and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, until thoroughly chilled.

When ready to serve, add the block of ice to the punch bowl and stir 1 to 2 minutes to slightly dilute the punch. Ladle the punch into punch cups or rocks glasses. Carefully spoon ½ teaspoon of the grenadine over the back of a bar spoon and drip onto the top of each serving. Garnish with orange slices or a pineapple wedge and a pineapple leaf.


makes about ¾ cup

  • ¾ cup demerara sugar

  • ⅔ cup unsweetened pomegranate juice

  • 1 orange twist

  • ½ teaspoon pomegranate molasses (optional; see Note)

Place the sugar and pomegranate juice in a small saucepan over medium heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Do not let boil. Add the orange twist and pomegranate molasses. Let cool completely, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a pint glass jar. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate up to 1 month. Shake gently before using.

Note: Pomegranate molasses is available in Middle Eastern markets or online.

Reprinted with permission from Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs & Juice by Toni Tipton-Martin, copyright © 2023. Photographs by Brittany Conerly. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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