Planter’s Punch Recipe

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Summer is the time for rum cocktails and Planter’s Punch is a must-try classic! Made with orange and pineapple juices, it doesn’t get much more tropical than this easy cocktail you can whip up in less than 5 minutes! 

two glasses of planters punch cocktail with red and white straws

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The origins of this delicious cocktail aren’t exactly clear. I’ve read it was created to celebrate the opening of a rum distillery in Jamaica, and I’ve also heard it was invented at the Planter’s Inn in my native Charleston, SC.

Regardless of where it was created, this Planter’s Punch recipe is perfect for serving a crowd, and tastes wonderful as a mocktail as well!

Want more Charleston recipes? Try our Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits or Lowcountry Boil!

Why I love this recipe

  • it’s perfect for a crowd
  • it has the perfect balance of sweet and sour citrus
  • the tropical juices will make you think you’re on a beach vacation!


  • orange juice
  • fresh lemon juice
  • pineapple juice
  • grenadine
  • light rum
  • dark rum
  • Angostura bitters

Step by step

This cocktail couldn’t be easier! Simple combine all the ingredients in a pitcher or cocktail shaker, shake or stir, pour over plenty of ice cubes or crushed ice, and garnish!

two glasses of planters punch cocktails


  • Add a splash of club soda or seltzer water
  • Use all dark or light rum instead of both
  • Omit the bitters for a sweeter drink
  • Skip the rum altogether for a virgin mocktail
  • Try other juices such as passionfruit
  • Add a splash of fresh lime juice
  • Substitute grenadine with 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice an 1/4 ounce simple syrup


What kind of glass should you serve Planter’s punch in?

This drink is traditionally served in a tall glass, such as a highball glass but you can use a Collins glass as well.

What is the best garnish for this cocktail?

There is no hard and fast rule for garnishing but it is popular to use orange slices and a maraschino cherry. You can also use a pineapple wedge or mint sprig depending on what you have on hand.

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Planter’s Punch Recipe | Fruity Rum Cocktail

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  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Planters Punch is the perfect tropical fruit rum cocktail for entertaining. Tastes great as a mocktail too!


Units Scale
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup light rum
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup grenadine
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters


Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or punch bowl. Serve over ice. Garnish with orange and lime wedges and Maraschino cherry if desired.


Omit Rum for a refreshing alcohol-free mocktail.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: none
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: about 1 cup
  • Calories: 138
  • Sugar: 21.7 g
  • Sodium: 7.1 mg
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.2 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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