November 29, 2023

How do you spot a Jamaican man at a party? He’s the one making noise swirling the ice in his glass to cool down his drink. I think this masterful method of cooling a cocktail is something classically Jamaican. That’s because when you’re in the heat, you want something cold. Well, these tropical cocktails can create a stir even if you’re not at the beach. All the recipes below are quick and easy and totally tropical. And don’t forget to cool them with ice, the Jamaican way.

PS. You may be wondering where’s the Jamaican Rum Punch recipe? Well, I will be adding my husband Eddie’s delicious (and potent) recipe to the site soon for members of my mailing list. So sign up… it’s coming soon.


Planters Punch
1 oz White Rum
1 oz Dark Rum
1 1/2 oz Orange Juice
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Strawberry Flavoured Syrup

Blend and serve with ice.
Top off with a splash of dark rum


1 oz Coffee-Flavoured Liqueur
1 oz Rum Cream  Liqueur
1 oz Milk
1/2 Medium Fresh Banana

1 oz Strawberry Flavoured Syrup
1 cup Crushed Ice

Blend and serve in tall glasses


Yellow Bird
1 oz Dark Rum
1/2 oz Creme de Banana
2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup

Blend and serve in tall glass with crushed ice


What is Strawberry flavoured syrup? In Jamaica we always have strawberry syrup around for mixing drinks. It’s a very important ingredient for making traditional Jamaican rum punch. All West Indian grocers carry it, but If you can’t find it where you live, you can use grenadine instead. Just don’t use strawberry pancake syrup. It’s not the same thing.





I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.


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