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.

Two glasses of pirate punch.

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.

Casey Markee, SEO guru at Mediawyse, is a great friend. He is responsible for plundering this recipe while on a Carnival Cruise, and I’m eternally grateful.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Pirate Punch Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for pirate punch.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Amaretto: A sweet Italian liqueur that tastes like almonds (aka maraschino cherries). Some popular brands include Disaronno, Lazzaroni, Luxardo, DeKuyper, and Bols.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, dark rum, white rum, and amaretto. Chill until serving time.
Two glasses of pirate punch.
  1. To serve, have ice, glasses, and garnishes (pineapple wedges, orange slices, and maraschino cherries) on hand so guests can help themselves.
Two glasses of pirate punch.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes a pitcher of 8 cocktails.
  • Glassware: Pirates don’t care what glass you use! I like to use hurricane glasses for all tropical drinks, this one included.
  • Origin story: This recipe is from Casey Markee, SEO guru, a great friend. He bribed the wait staff at Carnival Cruise to write down their Pirate Punch recipe and scanned the napkin over to me while still on the cruise ship.
  • Walk the plank: The original recipe from Carnival Cruise had the quantities of liquor as shown below but just half the juice! I doubled the juice for my version, but if you want to get crazy, use just half the juice.
Two glasses of pirate punch.

Recipe FAQs

What did pirates drink?

While at sea, pirates struggled to access fresh drinking water (they obviously couldn’t drink ocean water). So, they favored grog, beer, and rum.

What is grog?

Grog is a combination of drinking water tinged green from slime (probably algae) and alcohol. Pirates would add a little alcohol to old, bad drinking water to improve the taste, and this is Grog. Yum!

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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.

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!
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 8 servings
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 128

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces cranberry juice cocktail chilled (1 cup)
  • 8 ounces orange juice chilled (1 cup)
  • 8 ounces pineapple juice chilled (1 cup)
  • 4 ounces dark rum (½ cup)
  • 4 ounces white rum (½ cup)
  • 2 ounces amaretto liqueur (¼ cup, see note 1)
  • pineapple slices orange slices, and maraschino cherries, for garnish, optional

Instructions 

  • In a large pitcher, combine cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, dark rum, white rum, and amaretto. Chill until serving time.
  • To serve, have ice, glasses, and garnishes (pineapple wedges, orange slices, and maraschino cherries) on hand so guests can help themselves.

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Notes

  1. Amaretto: A sweet Italian liqueur that tastes like almonds (aka maraschino cherries). Some popular brands include Disaronno, Lazzaroni, Luxardo, DeKuyper, and Bols.
  2. Yield: This recipe makes a pitcher of 8 cocktails.
  3. Glassware: Pirates don’t care what glass you use! I like to use hurricane glasses for all tropical drinks, this one included.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated 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