We needed a good party drink for our Halloween trivia night. The requirements were pretty straightforward: it had to be a big batch cocktail with spooky vibes. We arrived at the perfect creation: red rum punch.
Yes, it’s red and it’s made with rum so we felt it was worthy of this iconic name. if you’re not familiar with this scene from The Shining click here to watch the clip and meet us on the other side. Terrifying, right? The way the kid (who looks so creepy in that mushroom cut!) just repeats it over and over again in that “dead inside” voice gives us the heebie-jeebies. How Shelley Duvall manages to stay asleep for so long is baffling.
Now, this is definitely an adult party drink. Made with spiced rum, sweet vermouth, ginger beer and pomegranate juice, it’s not too sweet and pretty potent. And of course the colour is blood red, which is absolutely necessary. It’s also easy to throw together in a punch bowl, which is so helpful when you’ve got a big group.
- 1.5 L of pomegranate juice, chilled (we suggest Pom’s or Bolthouse to get the oh so critical red hue)
- Two 500 mL bottles of Crabbies ginger beer, chilled
- 4 oz of of spiced rum
- 4 oz of sweet vermouth
- 2 oz of grenadine
- Punchbowl with a ladle
This one’s simple: add all ingredients to your punchbowl and stir. Ladle into glasses (fill them with ice if desired, but if your pom juice and ginger beer are cold it should be fine!) and garnish with a mixed berry skewer.