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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunrise Rum Punch

This post is sponsored by CAPTAIN MORGAN®.
Sunrise Rum Punch
I've been fantasizing about a tropical vacation for as long as I can remember. In my mind, it's white sand beaches, turquoise blue water, and palm trees. It's brilliant sunshine, fresh fish and seafood, tropical fruit out the wazoo, and cocktails from dusk 'til dawn...'til dusk again. It's not worrying about bills or schedules or deadlines. Who's with me?

So, when the Captain Morgan team challenged me to create an original Rum Punch recipe using one of the three new Captain Morgan Flavors – Grapefruit, Pineapple and Coconut, as part of their #SunsOutRumsOut campaign, I'll bet you can guess which direction I headed. Mmm hmm—to those white sand beaches.

While I can guarantee that I'd revel in the sticky juices of fresh tropical fruit, and devour as much seafood as possible directly from the water, I guess I'm not sure I'd wake up drinking cocktails. But I like to think I would.
Sunrise Rum Punch
For example, this rum punch. I call it sunrise rum punch not only for the brilliant color that I imagine mimics the sun rising over the water, but also because I can picture myself pouring a glass to watch said sunrise. From the beach, from a hut, from a hammock, from a balcony...I'm not picky.

It's sort of mimosa-esque, after all. Minus the champagne, add rum. I'd say that's a happy trade-off. Especially when it's Captain Morgan's new Grapefruit Rum. Holy Moses, have you tried that stuff yet? It's amazing. Oh, and also, grapefruit is totally breakfast food. Are you with me?

You know what they say: #SunsOutRumsOut! (They totally say that.)

Sunrise Rum Punch
Grapefruit rum, citrus, peach, mango, a few dashes of bitters and little bit of fizz make this Sunrise Rum Punch recipe perfect for enjoying on a tropical beach (or while dreaming of one).
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Sunrise Rum Punch
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: beverage alcohol grapefruit rum summer

Ingredients (serves 6)
  • 9 fluid ounces CAPTAIN MORGAN® Grapefruit Rum
  • 9 fluid ounces Orange Peach Mango Juice
  • 6 fluid ounces grapefruit soda
  • 4 fluid ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • .5 fluid ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 5 dashes Blood Orange Bitters
Add all ingredients to a pitcher and stir to combine.

To serve, pour over ice and garnish with a wedge of pineapple and lime, if you wish. Preferably watching a sunrise on a tropical beach.

Store any extra in the refrigerator; stir before serving.

Orange Peach Mango juice can be found next to the regular orange juice in the refrigerated section of your supermarket. If you are unable to find any, combine equal parts orange juice, peach nectar, and mango nectar.

Sunrise Rum Punch

p.s. — in case you're interested in the challenge I mentioned above, one winner will be chosen via secret ballot, and awarded two tickets to the Firefly music festival, including hotel and travel accommodations.