SippitySup’s version of a Rum Punch is a great party drink. It’s best made by the pitcher. Oranges keep it fun, and sweet. But I love the way the basil and lime cuts through the rum to give this cocktail a refreshing edge.
- 2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
- 1 (750ml) bottle white rum
- 2 oranges, sliced crosswise into ¼‑inch rounds
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 cup loose basil leaves
- club soda to taste
- garnish of your choice
Place the sugar and the water in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally to help dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved remove the syrup from the heat.
Add the basil leaves to the saucepan. Allow the syrup to sit for at least 1 hour before straining through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the basil leaves. Store the syrup in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Syrup will keep, refrigerated, for several weeks.
In a large pitcher combine basil syrup, rum, orange slices, and lime juice. Let the mixture sit for about one hour so that the flavors may come together.
Just before serving add the basil leaves to the pitcher.
Fill a festive party glass with ice cubes and pour about 6 ounces of the rum mixture into the glass. Top with club soda to taste. Garnish with sprigs of basil, orange or lime slices according to your preference.