Pirates Punch Cocktail Recipe

Jump to Recipe ⬇️

Pirates Punch Nutrition Facts





Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Pirates Punch is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed by many over the years. It is said to have been a favorite among pirates during the golden age of piracy. The Pirates Punch is a strong, fruity cocktail that is perfect for those who enjoy a drink with a bit of a kick.

  • Who would like it?

    If you're a fan of strong, fruity cocktails, then the Pirates Punch is for you. It's also a great choice for those who enjoy a bit of history with their drinks.

How Pirates Punch Tastes?

The Pirates Punch is a robust, fruity cocktail with a strong kick. It's sweet, yet balanced with a hint of sourness. The rum gives it a strong, warming sensation, while the fruit juices add a refreshing, tropical twist.

Interesting facts about Pirates Punch

  • The Pirates Punch is said to have been a favorite among pirates during the golden age of piracy.
  • The cocktail is traditionally made with rum, a spirit that was commonly consumed by pirates.
  • Despite its strong flavor, the Pirates Punch is often enjoyed as a refreshing summer drink due to its fruity components.


Dark Rum

2oz of dark rum provides a rich, caramel-like sweetness with hints of molasses. It forms the alcoholic base and is crucial for the 'pirate-y' feel. Too little, and you lose the kick; too much, and you'll overpower the other flavors. Alternatively, spiced rum could bring an extra zestiness.

Emma Rose

Pineapple Juice

2oz of this tropical juice adds sweetness and tanginess, complementing the rum's richness. If you skimp on it, you miss out on the tropical punch; too much, and it's more a fruit juice than a cocktail. Mango juice could be an alternative for a different tropical twist.

Mary Mitkina

Orange Juice

At 1oz, this citrus juice adds another layer of sweetness and helps balance the acidity from the lime juice. Less would lose this balance, more would make it too sweet. Tangerine juice could offer a similar sweetness but with a unique twist.

Alex Green

Lime Juice

1oz gives the cocktail a necessary sharpness and freshness that contrasts with the sweetness. Missing out on it, the drink could become clawingly sweet. Lemon juice can be a substitute if you fancy a different type of tartness.

Emma Rose


A mere 0.5oz adds color and a hint of deep, pomegranate sweetness. Without it, the cocktail would lack its characteristic sunset hue and extra sweetness. Pomegranate juice is less sweet but could be a healthier alternative.

Mary Mitkina

Maraschino Cherry

One cherry is a classic garnish that adds a touch of elegance. It also gives a slight almond-like flavor if dipped into the drink. No cherry, no problem - but it's the cherry on top!

Alex Green

Orange Slice

Similarly, the orange slice is as much about presentation as it is about a hint of citrus if squeezed into the cocktail. Skipping it won't break the drink, but garnishes always make a splash at a party.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Pirates Punch Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add 2oz of dark rum, 2oz of pineapple juice, 1oz of orange juice, 1oz of lime juice, and 0.5oz of grenadine.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh fruit juices for the best flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail until the shaker becomes frosty to ensure it's well chilled.
  • Serve in a tall glass to fully appreciate the layers of flavor.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled shrimp or lobster - The sweetness and acidity in the Pirate's Punch complement the natural sweetness of shellfish.
  • Fish Tacos - The fruity components of the cocktail can cut through the richness of the tacos.

Spicy Dishes

  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken - The heat from the dish would be tamed by the sweetness of the rum and juices.
  • Thai or Indian curries - The cool, fruity punch balances the spices.


  • Coconut-flavored desserts - To match the tropical vibe of the drink.
  • Fruit tarts or sorbet - A light, tangy dessert would pair wonderfully with the fruity notes.


  • Aged hard cheeses - The strength of the rum could stand up against a strong cheese.

🍹 Discover the Top 50 All-Time Recipes! 🍹

Enter your email, and we'll send the exclusive list straight to your inbox.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously

What you could change in Pirates Punch

  • You can substitute the dark rum with light rum for a lighter flavor.
  • If you don't have grenadine, you can use a small amount of simple syrup and a drop of red food coloring.

Explore all drinks starting with P here

And of course - twists🍹

Spiced Pirates Punch

Add 0.5oz of spiced rum to the mix, for an extra kick that will take the flavors on a glorious treasure hunt. Spice leads the palate on an adventure, complements the drink's aura, and warms the belly like a tropical sun.

Berry Pirates Punch

Substitute grenadine with 0.5oz of blackberry liqueur. This adds a fruity, tangy twist that buccaneers might forage from a deserted island. It brings a dark berry complexity that’s both unexpected and delightful.

Captain's Orders Punch

Introduce 0.5oz of coconut cream for a creamier, richer experience that'll make any pirate sing 'yo-ho-ho'. It offers a smooth sailing through tropical flavors and luscious waves of cream.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pirates Punch

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

Learn everything on garnishing

Find the cocktail you'd love!

If you want to drink something else - you can use our AI-augmented search to find the best cocktail for you!
Completely free!

Frequently Asked Questions on Pirates Punch

What is the ideal setting to enjoy a Pirates Punch?

Given its tropical taste, it's ideally enjoyed on a warm day at a beachfront bar, at a BBQ, or even at home while entertaining friends.

Why is this drink called Pirates Punch?

Just like the pirates were known for their love of rum, this cocktail uses rum as its primary alcohol constituent. It possibly encapsulates the spirit of adventure and carefree liveliness that we associate with pirates.

If I don't have fresh fruit juices, can I use canned juice instead?

While fresh juices are recommended for a more authentic flavor, you can use canned juices as well. Just make sure to purchase juices without added sugars or preservatives to maintain the true flavor.

Is there a way to make this cocktail non-alcoholic?

Yes, one can make a non-alcoholic version commonly referred to as a 'mocktail'. Simply replace the Dark Rum with a non-alcoholic substitute like apple juice or non-alcoholic tropical flavored soda. However, this will significantly change the taste of the cocktail.

More similar recipes to Pirates Punch!

Explore new cocktails you'd love!

Please rate this recipe