Inspired by Carnival Cruises, this Pirate Punch recipe is sweet, fruity, and tastes just like the tropics! Makes a pitcher for 8 or double the batch!

A good friend tells you about the last great cocktail he or she had.

A great friend bribes the wait staff to write down the exact recipe of said treasured punch recipe and scans the napkin over to you whilst still on a cruise ship.

Pirate punch in a stemless wine glass.

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Let me tell you why you should make my version of Pirate Punch, though, and not the original.

How to Make Pirate Punch

After a glass or two of Carnival’s original Pirate Punch recipe, you’ll think you’re on a cruise ship in your own kitchen.

That cocktail is STRONG.

To make my own Carnival Copycat recipe, I basically doubled all the juice (and also tried tripling the juice, but I think doubling does the job).

If you want to walk the plank, though, just cut the juice in half.

Pirate punch in a stemless wine glass.

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Inspired by Carnival Cruises, this Pirate Punch recipe is sweet, fruity, and tastes just like the tropics! Directions for 1 cocktail or a pitcher of 8.

Pirate Punch

Inspired by Carnival Cruises, this Pirate Punch recipe is sweet, fruity, and tastes just like the tropics! Makes a pitcher for 8 or double the batch!
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 8 servings
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 128


  • 8 ounces cranberry juice chilled
  • 8 ounces orange juice chilled
  • 8 ounces pineapple juice chilled
  • 4 ounces Bacardi 8 Dark Rum
  • 4 ounces Bacardi White Rum
  • 2 ounces Amaretto Disaronno
  • Fresh fruit for garnish, optional


  • In a large pitcher, combine juices, rum, and Disaronno. Top with ice or serve with glasses filled with ice. 
  • Garnish individual glasses with fruit such as pineapple wedges, orange slices, or maraschino cherries if desired.


Adapted from "Pirate Punch" on Carnival Cruises. Their original recipe had the same amount of liquor but half the amount of juice. Feel free to try that if it's more your style!


Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 71IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Just got done with a Carnival cruise and loved the Pirate Punch. The picture in this one is a lot more red/ pink than mine were on the ship maybe more orange juice is used now?
    Anyway, thanks for the recipe!
    Could you please scale it for one drink? I’m assuming they were 12oz.?4 stars

    1. Hi Scott! Yes, it can definitely be scaled down for one! Just go down to the recipe card, and where it says “8 servings” in orange, you have the ability to change the 8 to one. Just hover over the orange 8 and a slider will appear, and you can slide all the way to the left for one serving. This feature is available on all of my recipes. Hope this recipe makes you feel like you’re always in Paradise! :) -Meggan

  2. This sounds so yummy ! I was thinking of making this for my wedding reception of 125 guests . Obviously not all will be drinking ! What would be your recommended recipe ? 

    1. Hi Cindy, congratulations on your wedding! How many guests do you think might be drinking? I can do the culinary math for you and scale the recipe, but you’ll have to say how many you think might be drinking. Just let me know! Thanks. :D -Meggan

    2. For 50 guests:
      50 ounces cranberry juice chilled
      50 ounces orange juice chilled
      50 ounces pineapple juice chilled
      25 ounces Bacardi 8 Dark Rum
      25 ounces Bacardi White Rum
      12.5 ounces Amaretto Disaronno
      Fruit for garnish.

      Thank you! :D -Meggan

    1. Hi Dan! You could do grapefruit juice, that’s probably the closest. Apple juice would taste different but AWESOME. I have a mocktail recipe on my blog, something the nurses served me in the hospital after I had my kids, which is basically equal parts cranberry juice, OJ, and apple juice. So in this case you’d be making that but boozy. There’s no way it could possibly be bad. If you have any other questions just let me know! Thanks! -Meggan

    1. Hi Deb, if the color wasn’t pink enough, my best guess is that you used 100% cranberry juice instead of cranberry juice cocktail. The recipe isn’t written to prefer one or the other, but if color is a problem, then I think it should be changed to specify. I made this last year so I don’t actually remember which one I used but, off the top of my head that is what I’m thinking. Let me know if you used 100% cranberry juice, and if so, I’m sorry and I will definitely re-write the recipe to say cranberry juice cocktail. Thank you!

  3. I want to make this for a friend’s birthday party, she specifically loves coconut rum though. Do you think if I swapped coconut rum for white rum it would be too sweet or mess too much with the flavor?

    1. Hi Laura, I think it would taste FANTASTIC with coconut rum. I’m pretty sure that’s how my recipe should be made too, ha ha ha. I guess I’ll just have to do some “recipe testing” on that! Thanks for the question, and happy birthday to your friend!

  4. What a great combo, Meggan! This is perfect for a little “vacation” at home! Can’t wait to give this a try soon. Thanks for the recipe! :-)

  5. Don’t like cruise ships but this looks like one of those “perfect for the pool” drinks. You can’t go wrong with these ingredients!!! Two rums with amaretto!5 stars