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Bayou Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe

A fruity rum punch recipe with both dark rum and coconut rum. This delicious cocktail recipe is inspired by the Steamboat Bills restaurant in Lake Charles Louisiana.

Bayou rum punch is a delicious blend of coconut rum, Meyers dark aged rum, fruit punch, orange juice, and grenadine. All of the ingredients are poured into a cocktail shaker and shaken with ice. This drink is served in a tall glass with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice for garnish.

The rum punch cocktail has sweet fruity flavors with deep rum notes coming through. A refreshing drink for any occasion.

Garnished Bayou Rum Punch
In a collins glass with a simple garnish the Bayou rum Punch will make you proud to sip it anywhere and serve it friends.

Steamboat Bill’s is a fun place to eat and drink if your in the area. The fried alligator was so delicious and tasty. Definitely try it if you get the change. We ordered up the rum punch to enjoy with dinner.

Read all about Steamboat Bill’s Restaurant story here. It’s very inspiring. The founders are true louisianans with a strong spirit. They created a restaurant chain with a great reputation for southern cooking.

What is Rum Punch?

Rum punch is a drink that is made with sweet fruit juices and combined with dark or light rum. Rum punch has been around since the 16th century. Jamaican rum is the most popular rum to use for this drink. A dark aged rum gives the fruity drink a deep sweet rum taste. This drink is served cold and is popular throughout the Caribbean Islands and the Southern US.

What is Dark Rum?

Dark rum is a rum with a dark caramel color. This rum is typically made with blackstrap molasses which gives the rum a strong and robust flavor. Dark rum is a unique flavor profile that is used in many different cocktail recipes. Aged rum is typically aged 6-18 months in barrels.

Light rum or silver rum is a clear liquid with a very light flavor profile. Lighter rum is best suited to drinks that don’t need a strong rum flavor. Mojito’s are popular cocktails to make with a white or silver rum. The most popular and budget friendly white rum is Bacardi.

What Mixes well with rum?

There are many different fruit juices, sodas, and fresh fruit options that pair very well with rum. Here are a few or out favorite mixers for rum:

  1. Orange Juice
  2. Pineapple Juice
  3. Mango Juice
  4. Lime Juice
  5. Lemon Juice
  6. Ginger Ale
  7. Coconut Milk
  8. Tonic Water
  9. Coca Cola
  10. Dr. Pepper
  11. Sprite
  12. Flavored Seltzer
  13. Ginger Beer
  14. Fruit Punch

Our Rum Punch Version:

Steamboat Bill’s is a casual restaurant that serves a great good time and excellent food with parchment paper and plastic baskets. The rum punch was so delicious that I knew I had to try and recreate something similar at home.

After some trial and error I came up with this recipe which tastes incredibly similar. This drink has sweet flavors, with delicious fruit flavors. The dark rum helps bring in the island taste, we used the coconut rum to lighten up the rum flavor a bit.

Bayou Rum Punch Cocktail
A fruity rum cocktail straight from a Louisiana Restaurant. Fun, easy and casual summer drink.

This cocktail is loaded with smooth rum and fruit juice. You can call it either malibu rum punch or Jamaican rum punch. Just don’t forget the orange juice and mixed fruit juice. Wowsa what a drink!

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Bayou Rum Punch Recipe:

The Ingredients:

All The Ingredients For This Bayou Rum Punch Recipe
Here’s what we used to make our version of Steamboat Bill’s Bayou rum Punch cocktail.

The Process:

Here is your visual process. Also watch our video demonstration. This recipe yields 1 cocktail.

Bayou Rum Punch Recipe into a 10 serving party punch:

In a large pitcher or punch bowl put the following ingredients. Float orange slices in the punch for garnish.

  • 15 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 5 oz. Meyer’s Dark Aged rum
  • 5 Cups Fruit punch
  • 2 1/2 Cups orange juice
  • 5 oz. Grenadine

Add ice to your party cups to keep the punch cool if desired or drink at room temperature.

Your Printable Recipe:

Bayou Rum Punch Cocktail
Yield: 1 cocktail

Bayou Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A delicious sweet rum drink straight from Louisiana. Made with fruit juice, Malibu and aged rum.


  • 1 1/2 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Meyer's Dark Aged rum
  • 1/2 Cup Fruit punch
  • 1/4 Cup orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. Grenadine


Make the Bayou Rum Punch Cocktail:

  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Measure and pour into the ice filled shaker the Malibu rum, Meyers rum, fruit juice, orange juice and grenadine.
  3. Close the shaker tight and shake at least 30 seconds to chill and mix the drink.Pour into a collins glass.


  1. Add a slice of orange to the side of the glass
  2. Put a toothpick through a maraschino cherry and lay it on top of the glass.


For Party Punch that makes 10 servings:

Pour these amounts into a large pitcher or punch bowl.

  • 15 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 5 oz. Meyer's Dark Aged rum
  • 5 Cups Fruit punch
  • 2 1/2 Cups orange juice
  • 5 oz. Grenadine

Add ice to your punch glasses or drink at room temperature.

Garnish your punch with floating orange slices.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 259Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 15mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 0gSugar 35gProtein 0g

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A fruity rum punch recipe with both dark rum and coconut rum. This delicious cocktail recipe is inspired by the Steamboat Bills restaurant in Lake Charles Louisiana.


Sunday 11th of August 2019

To make it even more "bayou" you could use Bayou Rum, it is distilled in Lacassine, LA, just a short drive East of Lake Charles. They have several varieties of rum that could be used for this.


Sunday 11th of August 2019

Hi Shannon, This is an excellent suggestion. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and let us know about 'Bayou Rum.' That would be fun to explore. How cool that it it made so close to Lake Charles!

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