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Rumberry Punch Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

Rumberry Punch is my favorite holiday cocktail! The cranberry simple syrup is amazing, and adds such a great flavor profile to this drink. Adjust to suit your tastes, and make up a pitcher for you and your guests!

Rumberry Punch

Rumberry Punch

I’m not sure if many of you know this, but I spent a good part of my life earning my living by bartending. From the ages of 18 to about 28, when I worked – that’s what I was doing. I’m not a big drinker, personally, but I LOVE making a really really great drink.

Rumberry Punch

Christmas season is a great time to get a little creative in the kitchen, and that doesn’t always have to be limited to the baking and cooking you’re planning.

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This rumberry punch is super easy to make, you can scale it up to make a large batch for a party, or keep it small and simple for a little “while I’m making dinner” drink.

Rumberry Punch

A really really good cocktail starts with good liquor, so start off with the best quality white rum you can get. There’s no use putting the work into making a great drink if you are going to use cheap booze. It is well worth the extra $5 – $10 a bottle to upgrade a few notches and get the good stuff. Or at least the better stuff.

Next, make your simple syrup. If you are ever at a bar and order a drink and start seeing them dump sugar packets into your glass, just cancel your order.

Sugar has a really hard time dissolving in cold liquids, and ends up settling on the bottom. That’s why real bartenders use simple syrup to sweeten their cocktails.

It isn’t necessary with a lot of drinks because soda is pretty sweet on its own, but for some recipes there is no substitution for a well made simple syrup.

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For this recipe we’re doing a quick and easy fresh cranberry simple syrup. It is a cup of sugar, a cup of water, and a cup of cranberries. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the syrup is red and well…syrupy. I like to squish the berries with a potato masher to really release all of that awesome cranberry flavor. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, and set aside to cool. Be careful!!! Simmering syrup is HOT!

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Now comes the easy part. Some rum. Some cranberry simple syrup. A little lemon juice. Some cranberry Canada Dry Ginger Ale, and some 7UPgarnish, stir, and serve.

This is a sweet, refreshing, and festive drink that anyone (over the legal drinking age!) can enjoy. Adjust the strength to your personal tastes, and if you make a large batch start with equal parts cranberry ginger ale, and 7UP, add in about 1/4-1/3 cup of the simple syrup, and the booze to taste. 🙂

Rumberry Punch

What is your favorite holiday cocktail?

Yield: 12 Servings

Rumberry Punch

Rumberry Punch

This delicious drink is perfect for your next party! Rumberry Punch is one of my favorite things to make during the holidays.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  • 1 part white rum
  • 2 teaspoons cranberry simple syrup
  • 1 part Cranberry Canada Dry Ginger Ale®
  • 1 part 7UP®
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • slices cranberries and lemon for garnish


  1. Simmer the ingredients for the cranberry simple syrup in a small saucepan for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, and set aside to cool.
  2. Mix drink, stir, and serve immediately. Garnish with extra cranberries and a lemon slice if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 480Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 118gFiber: 4gSugar: 110gProtein: 1g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Boyd Kobe

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Gorgeous looking cocktail! It sounds so delicious too. Can’t wait to try these, everyone will love them.

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Thursday 8th of November 2018

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Heather | girlichef

Wednesday 31st of December 2014

Okay, I'm now on a mission to buy a bottle of Cranberry Gingerale - YUM! This is a fun cocktail, and a perfect way to welcome in a new year. :)

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 31st of December 2014

The Cranberry GingerAle is something I look forward to every year! Best.Pop.EVER!

Lori Pace

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014

I love this. It looks so refreshing and delicious! #client

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