Smoked-Rosemary Rum Punch Recipe

Smoked-rosemary rum punch. . Elana Lepkowski

Why This Recipe Works

  • A combination of rums gives depth and complexity.
  • Making a big batch in advance saves the host from having to shake cocktails to order.

Holding fresh rosemary over the flame of your gas stove (or a candle) lends savory, woodsy flavors to this rum punch. Gold rum adds a rich, velvety sweetness, while overproof rum contributes earthy, musky complexity.

Recipe Details

Smoked-Rosemary Rum Punch Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 5 hrs
Serves 16 servings


For the Smoked-Rosemary Citrus Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • Zest from 2 medium lemons

  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed juice from 2 medium lemons

  • Zest from 2 small limes

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 2 small limes

  • 3 (4-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary

For the Punch:

  • 24 ounces gold rum, such as Parce 8-Year

  • 4 ounces orgeat, such as Small Hand Foods orgeat

  • 12 ounces smoked-rosemary citrus syrup

  • 4 ounces overproof rum, such as Smith & Cross

  • 4 ounces water

  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish


  1. For the Smoked-Rosemary Citrus Syrup: In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, water, and lemon and lime zest and juices. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to just under a boil, then remove from heat and cover. Meanwhile, hold rosemary over an open flame using heatproof tongs, turning continually, until it begins to smoke. As soon as it starts to smoke, uncover syrup and place rosemary in saucepan. Cover again and let steep 30 minutes. Strain solids out and reserve syrup for the punch in an airtight container. The syrup will keep for up to a month in the refrigerator, but flavors will be best if used within 2 days.

  2. For the Punch: In a punch bowl, combine gold rum, orgeat, smoked-rosemary citrus syrup, overproof rum, and water. Stir to combine and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to overnight. To serve, add a large ice cube to the punch bowl. Ladle about 3 ounces into a punch glass and grate fresh cinnamon on top. Serve.


The smoky rosemary flavor will decrease in intensity as the syrup sits, so try to use it within a day or two.

Special Equipment

Medium saucepan, heatproof tongs, punch bowl and cups

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
181 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 181
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 11mg 0%
*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.)