I am a big believer in the “welcome” drink.
When it comes to entertaining, the most important thing you can do is ensure your guests have a drink in their hand as soon as their coat is hung up. Even if it’s a BYOB party, offer them a glass for their drink right away.
It’s a simple, subtle move that says, “Welcome. Make yourself at home. Let’s have fun.”
When I was planning this particular party, I knew it needed a welcome drink.
It just wouldn’t be a Tiki Party without something sweet, summery and tropical.
Rum punch most definitely fits the bill. Especially because it’s loaded with Malibu rum – my drink of choice in my first year of university. I probably haven’t even had it since then.
I forgot how dangerously delicious it is.
It’s alcoholic, but doesn’t taste like it. It’s basically just sugar, coconut flavour and booze. Using that extra cup of white rum helps dull the sweetness and boost the buzz-worthiness of this cocktail.
This drink is already very sweet. I opted for soda water instead of lemon-lime soda (pop for my Canadian readers, heeeeeyyyy). It makes the drink fizzy, without making it cough-syrupy sweet.
This drink is perfect to make in large quantities. I made mine in advance, pouring individual drinks for people as they arrived.
I used pineapple and orange slices as a garnish, with a red cherry showing through the drink at the bottom of the glass. Of course, there were umbrellas. I ordered a massive pack of 150 from Amazon. If you want some of your own, click this affiliate link!
If you have any more “welcome” drink ideas, I welcome them!
Tropical Rum Punch
Serves a large group of 15-20
- 4 cups of tropical juice blend (I used Tropicana Orange Peach Mango)
- 4 cups of pineapple juice
- 750 ml of Malibu coconut rum
- 1 cup of white or amber rum
- 1 bottle of San Pellegrino
- 1 bottle of maraschino cherries
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine tropical juice, pineapple juice, coconut rum and white rum. Stir. If your bowl is large enough, add San Pellegrino. If not, add it to each individual glass by filling 1/4 cup full. Add a cherry to each glass, along with a bit of the juice. If you want to save time serving, pour half the bottle of cherries and juice into your pitcher.