The holiday season is in full swing and I have decided to not bake any cookies this year but instead go with a week of cocktails for Hawaiian DRINKMAS!
My new made up holiday that is a week full of Koloa Rum cocktails because I love the Hawaiian rum so much, I went ahead and created 7 cocktails with it. So without further adieu, let’s get this party started with this Spiced Pineapple Rum Punch!
I LOVE rum punch. There are so many endless flavor combinations with them. I have probably made rum punch in my sangria pitcher more than I have made sangria.
I do like sangria, but my heart lies with rum. I think perhaps I was a pirate in another life with my love of rum.
Last Christmas I made a spiced pear and pineapple cider cocktail with the Koloa Kaua’i Spice rum. It was by far my favorite cocktail of the season. The pear cider was in very small production at a local farm that I buy it from, but pear juice cocktail worked just as well for it. This year they only had apple cider which goes really well in that cocktail too.
I was so blown away by the flavor combination of the pineapple juice and spiced rum so much that I knew I wanted to make another cocktail with it. I would love to make my own pineapple rum one day, maybe I will play around with infusing pineapple into Koloa spiced rum.
I definitely get the blues for Hawaii this time of year. It is already cold in Las Vegas, much to most of my friends’ surprise who think it is 100 Deg here year round, but waking up to 30-40 degrees is so cold and I long for those sunny Hawaiian beaches at a perfect 82 degrees. Sitting on the beach with a pineapple alcoholic drink in hand.
To add to the spice profile of this cocktail I rimmed the glasses in cinnamon sugar. I also am a big fan of making my own juices fresh for cocktails. So for these I blended up fresh pineapple and juiced navel oranges. I strained the juices to make them less frothy and to get rid of any excess pulp, but you can leave as is if you want.
Mix the juices and rum together and keep chilled until ready to use. You don’t want to add the soda and ginger ale until serving because they will go flat and the fizz is a fun part of this punch. This recipe makes a large pitcher of punch for a party.
You can scale it down to make one or two drinks if you would like. I would go with ounces instead of cups for the measurements for scaling down to two drinks.
You could also make this punch for a summertime Luau or bbq. This is a versatile pineapple rum punch that really is perfect year round!
- 1 C Koloa Kauai Spice Rum
- 1/2 C Koloa White Rum
- 2 1/2 C fresh pineapple juice
- 1 C fresh orange juice
- 1/4 C fresh lime juice
- 2 Tbsp simple syrup (see notes for recipe)
- few drops citrus bitters
- 1 C Ginger Ale
- 1 C Lemon Lime soda - I used Hansen’s
- Simple syrup
- Cinnamon Sugar for rim
- Pineapple wedges for garnish
- Use fresh pressed/squeezed juices if possible for fresher flavor. Combine the rum, juices, simple syrup and bitters in a pitcher without ice. Let chill a few hours before serving to blend the flavors.
Finish the punch:
- When ready to serve pour into a large pitcher, Sangria style pitcher works great, then top with the ginger ale and soda.
- Fill glasses with ice and pour in punch, garnish with a pineapple wedge.
Simple Syrup is a 1:1 sugar water ratio. Combine in sauce pan and boil until sugar is dissolved and mixture reduces slightly. Cool completely before using.
Cheers or as they say in Hawaii, Okole Maluna! Which means bottoms up!!! Stay tuned because there are more amazing Koloa Rum cocktails to come all this week. Hawaiian Drinkmas!!
Thanks again to Koloa Rum Company for sending me a few bottles of their rum. No other compensation was received. I absolutely love this company and their products and like always all opinions are my own.