Labor Day Rum Punch Giveaway!

Labor Day approaches, and what better way to wet the whistles of guests to your beach or pool party than a big bowl of rum punch?  How about a bowl of rum punch made with free rum, courtesy of Mount Gay Rum? and Mount Gay Rum are going to make sure that at least one lucky and creative rum lover out there will be the host-with-the-most with three bottles of Mount Gay rum and a bottle of RumDood homemade falernum.

The Contest

Dust off that old punch recipe your grandparents used to make for holidays, pull out your famous recipe you make for all your parties, or come up with a new and original rum punch recipe that will be perfect for cooling people off for Labor Day, and then submit your recipe here.

The winner of the Labor Day Rum Punch Giveaway will receive a bottle each of Mount Gay Eclipse, Mount Gay Eclipse Silver, and Mount Gay Extra Old Rums, as well as a bottle of RumDood Falernum #2 made by yours truly.  That’s right, three bottles of rum and one bottle of falernum – how can you NOT make a rum punch?  As an added incentive, the winner’s punch will be written up here on!

Make sure your recipe adheres to these simple rules:

  1. It must be your own recipe (old family recipes also accepted – assuming they’re actually old family recipes and grandma wasn’t making Philadelphia Fish House Punch and claiming she brought it over from the Old Country).
  2. The base for the punch must be rum.  You may use other spirits as flavoring agents, but rum must be the majority stakeholder in this punch.
  3. Try to limit the “calls” or “named” spirits.  Obviously if you want to specify Mount Gay Rum, no one here is going to complain.
  4. You must be 21 years old or older to compete
  5. You must live within the Continental United States (sorry everyone else, next contest maybe).
  6. Entries must be submitted by 11:59:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, August 28, 2009.
  7. Entries may be submitted by emailing them to or by posting them in the comments here.

The How

Simply post your recipe here in the comments, or email them to before August 29, and I’ll spend the weekend making and judging them.  Yes, I’ll be spending my weekend drinking rum punch, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for my readers.

So get to it, people!  I want something special to make for the last big Hurrah of the Summer, and you want free rum!  Let’s see what everyone can do with the old rhyme, “One of Sour, Two of Sweet, Three of Strong, and Four of Weak.”

UPDATE: We have a WINNER!  Congratulations to Zack Jerome and his Captain Parker’s Punch!

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • DJ HawaiianShirt

    August 25, 2009, 23:33


    When you say “The base for the punch must be rum. You may use other spirits as flavoring agents, but rum must be the majority stakeholder in this punch.”, you mean that the majority must be rum of the “Three of Strong”, right? Or do you mean of the whole drink?

    Also, what if wine or champagne was used as the “Weak”? Is that weak enough?


  • forrest

    August 26, 2009, 01:27

    Sorry i just got home— here is one that is always a hit. . ..

    Isle of flowers

    1 Part Lemon Juice
    2 Part St Germain
    3 Part White Rum (i generally use Agricole)
    4 Part Sparkling wine
    **Bitters (Regans Orange or Peychauds)

    Build over ice, or in bowl with ice ring, Garnish with Strawberries….

  • forrest

    August 26, 2009, 04:32

    OOpsy, should read like this:

    Isle of flowers

    1 Part Lemon Juice
    2 Part St Germain
    3 Part White Rum (i generally use Agricole- Mt Gay would be awesome too!)
    Top up w/ Sparkling wine (the other part of the “4 Parts Weak” is ice— duh)
    **Bitters (Regans Orange or Peychauds)

    Garnish with Strawberries . . .

    Sub relentlessly!

  • Chris W.

    August 26, 2009, 05:18

    I come from a long line of teetotalers, so this is definitely not an old family recipe…

    1 part berry shrub base
    2 pars ginger liqueur (homemade or name brand)
    3 parts of a 66:33 mix of aged and blackstrap (or other molasses-y) rum
    4 parts club soda

    plus 1/8 part homemade spice extract (soak a nutmeg, 8 cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks in a fifth of vodka for about 3 months) and 2 dashes grapefruit bitters over the ice in each glass before ladling the hooch in.

    For the purposes of a single serving, I’ve found 3/4 oz works very well as the equivalent of one part.

  • Matt Robold

    August 26, 2009, 15:00

    DJ: Champagne as the weak makes perfect sense to me. I say go for it!

  • Ryan

    August 27, 2009, 04:07

    Hey Matt,

    Here’s mine:

    1/5 MG Eclipse (1 oz)
    1/10 MG Eclipse Silver (.5 oz)
    1/10 Sweet Vermouth (.5 oz)
    1/5 Ginger Syrup (1 oz, mine is 1:1)
    1/5 Lime (1 oz)
    1/5 Very Strong Rooibos Tea (1 oz)
    2 dashes Angostura per cup.

    5 oz might be a bit large if you’re drinking punch all weekend, so adjust accordingly. Rooibos will not get bitter, no matter how long you steep it, so throw a few bags in a mug and let it sit for a good while.

    Serve over ice and garnish w/ nutmeg.


  • forrest

    August 27, 2009, 05:39

    More than one entry allowed??
    i posted these LAST month for the Hi Time Newsletter, and nothing but great feedback:
    6 oz of Rum (Mount Gay would rule!)
    3 oz of Pineapple juice
    3 oz of Orange juice
    3 oz of Lime juice
    8 dashes of Angostura bitters
    2 oz of Simple syrup (adjust to preferred

    Or. . . . The Hit of all hits….


    1 1/2 oz (6 Parts) light rum (again-Mount Gay would rule!)
    1/2 oz (2 Parts) pineapple juice
    1/4 oz (1 Part) fresh lime juice
    1/4 oz (1 Part) grenadine (make it– it is easy)
    Shake & strain into some cracked ice
    Top with soda, float Over-proof on top
    and garnish relentlessly!

  • DJ HawaiianShirt

    August 27, 2009, 13:41

    My entry is up. Follow link……/…ntest-entry.html

    Thanks for this fun contest, Matt.

  • Ryan

    August 27, 2009, 17:35

    I forgot to give mine a name. I’ll go with:

    Newbury Punch

    Also, I forgot to mention that I put two drops of toasted sesame tincture in each cup, but I’m figuring you don’t have that and it still holds up pretty well without it.


  • Angi McFarland

    August 27, 2009, 20:47

    High-Octane Atomic Coctail
    One blender full of cracked ice
    several scoops of tang instant beverage
    4-6 shots of Mt. Gay Rum
    fill with good h20 up to 2 inches from top.
    Blend, pour into large flaming volcano bowl and enjoy! Great for those hot summer days and a great hang over cure!

  • Andrei K.

    August 27, 2009, 23:45

    Stargazing punch:

    3 parts of Mount Gay Eclipse Silver
    1 part of Triple-sec (Cointreau preferred)
    1 part of lemon juice
    4 parts of Pineapple juice

    Combine all ingredients and pour over cracked ice. Decorate with a strawberry and serve.

  • Brian

    August 28, 2009, 05:10

    2 parts grapefruit juice
    1 part Agave syrup
    2 parts guava nectar
    4 parts dark rum
    2 parts light rum
    2 parts water

    for a single drink, I use 1/2oz = 1 part

    serve over ice. Stir in 3 dashes orange bitters into the glass and top with a dash of cinnamon.

  • Paystyle

    August 28, 2009, 19:57

    Awesome contest! Here’s my submission which I call Eternal Summer, adapted for this contest:

    Endless Summer (makes 1)
    2 oz Mount Gay Extra Old rum
    1 oz cherry juice
    3/4 oz sweet vermouth
    3/4 oz orgeat
    1/2 oz fresh lime juice
    1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
    1/2 tsp absinthe
    4 dashes Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
    Luxardo cherry or ripe cherry (when in season) for garnish

    Shake in ice-filled shaker and strain into a collins filled with crushed ice


  • Matt Robold

    August 29, 2009, 06:44

    Wow, some fantastic entries folks! FIFTEEN MINUTES LEFT!

  • Chris W.

    August 29, 2009, 06:57

    Oh yeah, I never named mine way up there at number 4… call it the Weasley Rum Punch, cuz it’s got ginger in it. 🙂

  • Steve Edwards

    August 31, 2009, 01:35

    Great contest gonna have decide which recipe to roll with

  • Industry News Feed

    August 31, 2009, 18:17

    Photo courtesy Yoav Gershon, Off Script Shooting Captain Parker’s Punch submitted by Zack Jerome of Lost