Sweet Lime-Ginger Rum Punch

"In India, we constantly serve sweet lime juice, and sometimes make a salty version too," Padma Lakshmi says. In this variation, Padma adds dark rum, cilantro, and ginger, which gives the drink a little spice. Cocktail Party Recipes

Sweet Lime-Ginger Rum Punch
Photo: © John Kernick
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 drinks


  • 2 cups ice (plus more for serving)

  • Lime slices and cilantro leaves (for garnish)

  • ¾ cup fresh lime juice

  • 2 cups dark rum

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • cup water


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar and ginger to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large pitcher, pressing hard on the ginger. Let cool to room temperature.

  2. Stir in the lime juice, rum and the 2 cups of ice. Strain into ice-filled glasses and garnish with lime slices and cilantro.

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