Bloody Rum Punch for Halloween

Donq bloody rum punch recipe

​The Spruce / Teena Agnel

  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Chill: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 13 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
233 Calories
0g Fat
19g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 13 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 233
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 13mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The bloody rum punch is a take on the traditional sangria and its dark red color makes it perfect for an eerie Halloween party punch. It also has a reputation as being a very strong punch, so consider yourself warned.

This is actually a very simple punch to construct. It uses just a few common ingredients and should be made up ahead of time to let the flavor develop. You'll also enjoy the recommended rum because it's budget-friendly and one of the cleanest tasting rums in its price range. The recipe makes about 55 ounces, which is enough for 13 four-ounce servings.

Have fun decorating your punch bowl with fake spiders or cobwebs (on the outside of the bowl). You could also make up some creepy garnishes like eyeballs or pumpkin tops using oranges and limes to float in the punch.

Ingredients

  • 1 (750 mL) bottle rum (Don Q Cristal)
  • 1/2 (750 mL) bottle ​red wine​
  • 6 ounces ​lime juice (fresh)
  • 6 ounces ​triple sec
  • 6 ounces​ simple syrup
  • 2 ​limes (sliced into thin wheels)
  • 2 red ​oranges (sliced into thin wheels)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for donq bloody rum punch
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  2. In a large punch bowl or pitcher, combine the rum, red wine, lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup, and lime and orange slices.

    Fruit in punch
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  3. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving (overnight is better).

    Cover with plastic wrap
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  4. Serve over ice in punch glasses and enjoy!

    Serve over ice
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Tips

  • The longer you can let the punch chill, the better. It's the secret to great tasting sangria because all those flavors marry, including the juices from the fruit slices, and become one complex flavor.
  • For the red wine, it may be best to go with medium-bodied wine, such as Malbec, Merlot, or Chianti (or blends that include these grapes). They're not so light as to get lost in the punch, but also won't dominate it like full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignons.
  • Fresh lime juice is recommended and there's no reason to skip it since you're already using fresh lime slices. To get the 6 ounces needed, count on juicing at least six limes. The fruits typically yield between 1/2 and 1 ounce, so have a few extra on hand.

How Strong Is a Bloody Rum Punch?

Unlike many sangrias, the rum outweighs the wine, so this is going to be one of the more potent punches you can mix up. In fact, it's as strong as most martini drinks with an alcohol content of 21 percent ABV (42 proof) without factoring in ice dilution. That's twice the typical strength of a standard punch, so be sure your guests are aware of that fact and don't drink too much.