Cocktails, Recipes

Black Tea Rum Punch with Blackberries

Black tea rum punch is my absolute favorite drink for an afternoon at the beach.

One of the great mysteries is how I can combine three things I’m not a huge fan of (tea, rum, and blackberries), and get a something I absolutely love (this black tea rum punch).

I am all about that beach life while vacationing, and this, my friends, is the best beach drink. It’s got tea to keep you hydrated and give you a little caffeine kick, rum to get your booze on, and blackberries for fruit so you can try to convince yourself it’s healthy.

black tea rum punch with aperol

I never would have sampled this recipe on my own, but I had the chance to try it last summer at a cocktail event hosted by the bartenders at one of my fave restaurants, 715, during the Free State Festival. I was hooked! It was just a couple of weeks before I went to visit my brother, and we took it to the beach three times last summer. When I returned last week, they were dying for me to make it again. I obliged.

black tea rum punch

The secret ingredient is Aperol,which is what makes it the bright cheery orange color and a distinct, refreshing flavor. We fill up one of those gallon sized drink coolers that remind me of softball tournaments, grab Solo cups, and get our beach on. It would also work for an afternoon of boating or you could be fancy and put it in a punch bowl for a summer barbecue. What’s great about this is you won’t be constantly mixing up cocktails for your guests, so you can offer something besides beer for people like me who aren’t fans.

black tea rum punch


Black Tea Rum Punch with Aperol


  • 2 C dark rum (I use Barbancourt, but any dark rum is fine – just not a white rum or a spiced rum)
  • 1 1/2 C Aperol
  • 4 C strong black tea (you’ll put this all on ice, so you don’t want to make it weak)
  • 4-8 T sugar, to taste
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • extra lemon slices for garnish


Brew black tea, then allow to cool to room temperature.

Slice one or two lemons. Rinse blackberries. Muddle blackberries with sugar, or whip them up in the food processor (save a few for garnish).

Combine tea, lemon juice, blackberry puree, Aperol, and rum in a cooler or punch bowl. Stir.

Add ice.

Grab a book, put on your sunscreen, and head to the beach.

rum punch recipe

This makes about a gallon of punch, and is the perfect amount for an afternoon of drinking for four people. Be careful though – it does sneak up on you, so make sure you have a designated driver!

rum punch on beach

Do you have a favorite beach drink? I’m going to be spending a LOT more time there (big news coming!) so I’d love to hear about them! 

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