With July 4th just around the corner, it’s important to start planning your Independence Day menu. I like to keep the food and planning simple around the holidays… It’s easy to get carried away and stressed out, isn’t it?
Try to focus on 1-2 main dishes like a great burger recipe, and maybe an easy chicken recipe. Then select 3-4 simple side dishes that can be made ahead and do well sitting out for long periods of time. Don’t forget dessert!
Scroll down to find our side dish and dessert recommendations.
And finally, plan drinks for both the kids and the grown-ups.
Bahamian Large Batch Cocktail
This summery large-batch cocktail was inspired by a recent trip Lt. Dan and I took to the Bahamas with friends. We took our boat each day and island hopped looking for the best snorkel spots, the best conch fritters, and of course the best Caribbean cocktails.
One particular day we discovered a popular beachfront hangout called Pete’s Pub, famous for their “Blaster” rum punch.
The punch was kept in huge cooler dispensers and made with 3 fruit juices and six (6!) types of rum. It was dangerously divine and went down quicker than you could say Bahama Mama.
I couldn’t get enough of the Blaster punch, so fruity and refreshing. I also couldn’t get much out of the bartender, as to the exact ingredients. All she would tell me is that the Blaster included grapefruit juice.
I came home determined to mix and test rum punches until I developed my own copycat version called the Bahamian Blaster Party Punch.
Party Punch Recipe Ingredients
Bahamian Blaster Party Punch is a simple dump-and-stir recipe, that is fabulous for all your summer gatherings. The recipe makes a huge 2-gallon batch and can be kept refrigerated for several weeks, so you can use it at more than one party… If there happens to be any left after the 4th of July.
- Pineapple Orange Juice
- Pink Grapefruit Juice (If you can’t find pink grapefruit juice, just use the regular kind. The color will be off but it will still taste great!)
Bahamian Blaster Party Punch is nearly half rum. So it’s a heavy hitter, even though it tastes like a sweet summer breeze. You are going to love it!!
The rum you’ll need is:
- Gold Rum
- Coconut Rum
- Mango Rum
- Passion Fruit Rum
- Pineapple Rum
- Banana Rum (or banana liqueur)
How to Make Party Punch
This recipe could not be any easier. Ready?
- Pour all ingredients into a large 2-gallon jug, or beverage dispenser, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Garnish with fresh fruit if desired.
- Voila! Party Punch!
I recently served Bahamian Blaster Party Punch at our neighborhood Caribbean themed potluck and it was a huge hit! It’s sweet and tangy, perfect for serving with a paper umbrella in a relaxed summer state of mind.
Summer Side Dishes
Need more inspiration for your perfect summer party? Here are some of my favorite side dishes:
- Creamy Macaroni Salad
- The Best Broccoli Salad
- Quinoa Salad with Green Chile Dressing
- Tropical Fruit Salad in Kiwi Cups
- Cheddar Bay Biscuits
- Baked Sweet Potato Chips
- Fresh Tomato Pie
Choosing a Dessert
Pick an easy dessert that can also be made ahead as well. Then plan to put out some fresh fruit as a healthy dessert option. Consider trying our:
- Gooey Blueberry Cookie Bars
- Fresh Blueberry Pie
- Strawberry Yogurt Bundt Cake
- Limoncello Cheesecake
- Grapefruit Cream Pie
- Coconut Cream Pie
- Blueberry Lemon Whoopie Pies
- The Best Strawberry Pizza
- Pina Colada Squares
See The Recipe Card Below For How To Make This Bahamian Blaster Party Punch Recipe. Enjoy!
Looking for even MORE party drinks?
- The Best Margarita Recipe
- Cucumber Ginger Mint Agua Fresca
- Frozen Coconut Mojito
- Drunken Monkey Cocktail
Bahamian Blaster Party Punch Recipe
Bahamian Blaster Party Punch Recipe: This large batch Caribbean Cocktail is the perfect boozy beverage for summer! Nice, cool, refreshing and delicious!
- 1.8 quarts pineapple-orange juice (7 1/2 cups)
- 1.8 quarts pink grapefruit juice (7 1/2 cups)
- 3 cups gold rum
- 3 cups coconut rum
- 3 cups mango rum
- 3 cups passion fruit rum
- 2 cups pineapple rum
- 1 cup banana rum (or banana liqueur)
- 3/4 cup grenadine
Pour all ingredients into a large 2-gallon jug, or beverage dispenser, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Garnish with fresh fruit if desired.
Recipe makes 2 gallons of party punch which makes 32 8-ounce drinks.