TGI Friday’s Captain Morgan Island Rum Punch is a tasty tropical cocktail perfect for hot summer days and fun occasions. If you enjoy the Caribbean or Jamaican rum punch, you will love this fruity drink made with spiced rum, dark rum, amaretto, fruit juices, and grenadine.
There is just something about rum-based drinks that changes the way you view the world. Even land-locked in the dead of winter, sipping a Caribbean-inspired rum punch cocktail can mentally transport you to a luxury beach vacation. And since TGI Friday’s specializes in delivering good times, it’s not a surprise that the chain makes some of the rum-heavy drinks like its Captain Morgan Island Rum Punch.
So, What’s a Punch?
In 1980s films, the bad kids were constantly spiking the punch at high school dances, but they wouldn’t have to do it if they were going to school in the 1780s. At that time, punch was already highly alcoholic.
People serve traditional punches in punch bowls (from where they get their name) and contain various spirits, citrus, and sweeteners to help balance the flavors. The first punch was probably served in India during the time of the East India Trading Company to make local alcohol more palatable for the British colonists.
Today’s punches are rarely served in punch bowls but do share some of the characteristics of the originals.
Rum Punch Ingredients
The mixture of spiced and dark rum with Amaretto goes incredibly well with the fruity components of this rum punch cocktail. Discover a little more about what goes into this Jamaican rum punch:
- Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum comes from a recipe that’s over 70 years old and is based on traditional spiced rums served throughout the Carribeans hundreds of years earlier. This smooth rum that won’t burn your throat or empty your wallet dazzles your tastebuds with its vanilla, clove, and nutmeg flavor. You can find Captain Morgan’s in any liquor shop, and it is key to this cocktail, so don’t settle for anything else.
- Myers Rum is a dark rum that is perfect for any Jamaican rum punch. Since the 1800s, Myers has been distilling its rum from pure molasses made from the island’s bountiful sugarcane harvest. After distilling, it goes through an aging process that produces the rum’s signature caramel-honey sweetness along with notes of dried figs and raisins. Any molasses-based dark rum will work well. Some highly rated alternatives include Gosling Black Seal and Pusser’s British Navy Dark.
- Disaronno Amaretto, a classic Italian liqueur, gives this cocktail additional sweetness and a distinct almond flavoring that complements the taste of the rums. You can easily swap out a more inexpensive version of amaretto like Amaretto di Amore or even use an amaretto-flavored coffee syrup if you prefer.
- Passion Fruit Puree adds a sweet and sour component to this Caribbean rum punch that helps to tie all of the other ingredients together. You won’t find passion fruit puree in most grocery stores, but you can in some liquor stores or online.
- Grenadine Syrup came frompomegranates originally, but most commercial grenadine syrups you find now are nothing more than corn syrup, red food coloring, and a few flavorings. Bartenders use grenadine syrup for sweetness and color, but you can leave it out of this cocktail if you want.
Tips For Making and Serving TGI Friday’s Captain Morgan Island Rum Punch
- Use a cocktail shaker. Shake until the outside of the shaker is cold, about 10 seconds. Always use fresh ice for each drink.
- Use fruit juices without pulp. As an alternative, you can strain the drink when you pour it into the glass.
- Serve in a hurricane glass. If you don’t have a hurricane glass, you can use any tall narrow glass. Serve with a straw or two, and use as pineapple wedge as a garnish.
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Captain Morgan Spiced Rum Punch Recipe Ingredients
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
- Myers Dark Rum
- Disaronno Amaretto
- Passion fruit puree
- Pineapple juice
- Orange juice
How to Make Captain Morgan Island Rum Punch
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add Captain Morgan spiced rum.
- Add dark rum.
- Add amaretto.
- Add passion fruit puree.
- Add pineapple juice.
- Add orange juice.
- Add grenadine.
- Put the top on the shaker and shake it vigorously.
- Strain and pour the drink into a hurricane or tall glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with fresh pineapple if desired.
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TGI Friday’s Captain Morgan Island Rum Punch
- 1 ¼ ounces Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
- ¾ ounce Myers Dark Rum
- ½ ounce Disaronno Amaretto
- 2 ounces passion fruit puree
- 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
- ½ ounce orange juice
- ½ ounce grenadine
- 1 pineapple slice optional for garnish
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake it vigorously.
Strain and pour into a hurricane glass or tall glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a pineapple slice if desired.