Dark and Stormy Punch

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min (includes steeping time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup grated peeled ginger

2 limes, zest removed with a peeler plus 1/4 cup lime juice 

Four 12-ounce cans ginger beer, preferably Gosling's, chilled

2 cups dark rum 


2 limes, cut into wheels

1/2 cup high-quality maraschino cherries, such as Luxardo

Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish


  1. Chill highball glasses in the freezer.
  2. For the punch: Combine the sugar, ginger and lime zest strips with 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Let steep for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain the syrup into a bowl and stir in the lime juice. In a large punch bowl, combine the syrup, ginger beer and rum.
  4. For the garnish: Add ice to the chilled glasses, then divide the lime wheels, cherries and mint sprigs betweem the punch bowl and glasses. Serve the punch in the glasses.