This Virgin Islands Peanut Punch is extra creamy, wildly flavorful, and loaded with peanut essence. Peanut punch is a decadent and nutritious drink in Caribbean culture with each region putting their own spin on it. While this beverage is nutrient-rich, it also contains rum which makes this drink a little more fun, but totally optional! Serve up this creamy peanut punch for nearly any occasion!

peanut punch being poured into ice-filled glasses

One of my favorite pastimes is stopping in my local Caribbean market, it’s always the culture for me. While perusing the aisles the other day, I came across these little pre-made peanut punch cartons and it reminded me of my younger days. My mom would occasionally pack them in my lunch box and it was always a treat because I am a true peanut butter stan, ha! Long story short, I just knew I had to develop and get a peanut punch recipe up on the site for you!

Virgin Islands Peanut Punch 🥜

What is peanut punch? This beverage is a very delicious drink in Caribbean cultures like Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica, and the Virgin Islands. Just like many recipes, everyone makes their peanut punch differently. Though, at the heart, this recipe features peanuts (or peanut butter), milk, sweetened condensed milk, and spices/aromatics in nearly every recipe. Additionally, for a boozy touch, you can add alcohol or keep it family-friendly and alcohol-free.

Growing up with a mom from the Virgin Islands, I developed this recipe in the way that we made it hence the name. This peanut punch is sooo creamy, packed with peanut essence, and full of flavor! It’s a refreshing, nutrient-rich drink to enjoy as a snack or a beverage to pour up when entertaining.

ingredients for peanut punch laid out on white surface

What You’ll Need For This Recipe:

(Note: the full ingredients list, including measurements, is provided in the recipe card directly below.)

  • Peanut butter: I recommend a commercial peanut butter like Jif or Skippy!
  • Coconut milk: The subtle coconut flavor here is chef’s kiss.
  • Evaporated milk: Helps to balance the milk flavors and adds creaminess.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: Gives the punch plenty of sweetness, yum.
  • Vanilla & almond extract: Adds a lovely punch of fragrance and essence.
  • Ground allspice: This warm spice is like seasoning for this drink, ha! It adds a cozy, warm flavor and aroma that you’ll love. Ground allspice evokes a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves all in one.
  • Rum: We’re making Virgin Islands Peanut Punch so I highly recommend using a Virgin Islands rum for this recipe, I use aged Cruzan rum!

See, just a few ingredients (many of them pantry staples) that stand in between you and an incredible batch of this peanut drink! 🙌🏾

peanut punch blended in blender

How To Make This Virgin Islands Peanut Punch Recipe:

(Note: please see the recipe card directly below for the complete written instructions.)

  1. In the body of a large high-speed blender, add the peanut butter, coconut milk, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and ground allspice.
  2. Blend the mixture until smooth and combined. Then add the rum (or disregard if you’re making it non-alcoholic) and blend again to combine.
  3. Pour the peanut punch into glass jars/bottles that can be fitted with an airtight lid. Keep the peanut punch stored in the refrigerator. Serve this creamy, chilled punch with or without ice in individual glasses. Sip away and enjoy ya life, boo 😎.
peanut punch in glasses with ice on yellow plate

Tips + Tricks, Notes & FAQs About This Recipe

You may have additional questions about this peanut punch recipe. Like other recipes, I always advise sticking to the recipe as it is written in the recipe card directly below. However, here’s some extra info you might find helpful:

  • Vegan or dairy-free peanut punch: If you can find sweetened condensed coconut milk (11.25 ounce can) and evaporated coconut milk (12.2 ounce can), they’ll be easy swaps here. Otherwise, replace the evaporated milk with 1 ½ cups of your favorite alternative milk of choice (almond, oat, or extra coconut milk for more coconut flavor).
  • Non-alcoholic peanut punch: If desired, you can simply replace rum alcohol with a non-alcoholic rum alternative for a 1:1 ratio. Otherwise, omit the rum altogether from the recipe.
  • Alcohol alternative: Jamaican peanut punch typically uses Guinness (a stout beer) as the alcohol of choice and that can easily be used as opposed to rum, too. Heads up, it’ll have a slightly different flavor profile than rum.
  • Add more nutrition: If you’d like to increase the nutrients in this peanut punch, you can! Use your favorite vanilla protein shake or a liquid meal supplement like Supligen to replace the evaporated milk (about 1 ½ cups). Additionally, you can also add some rolled oats to this recipe when blending to up the filling element. I recommend about ¼ cup of oats!
  • Types of bottles: This recipe makes about 50 ounces of peanut punch. I like to use glass jars or bottles (mason jars, weck jars, carafes, or any other glass bottle you have that can be fitted with an airtight lid for freshness).
  • Peanut punch texture: This drink ends up being creamy and smooth with no bits or chunks present. If you like crunchy peanut butter, you can surely use it as an alternative to smooth pb if you don’t mind the bits!
peanut punch in glasses on yellow plate

I love how simply delicious this Peanut Punch recipe is! It’s so creamy and flavorful, and the touch of rum makes it pop. Be sure to tag @butterbeready in your BBR recipe creations, I sure love to see it when you do. Until next time! 🤟🏾

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Virgin Islands Peanut Punch

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  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Beverages
  • Cuisine: Caribbean
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Description

This Virgin Islands Peanut Punch is extra creamy, wildly flavorful, and loaded with peanut essence. Peanut punch is a decadent and nutritious drink in Caribbean culture with each region putting their own spin on it. While this beverage is nutrient-rich, it also contains rum which makes this drink a little more fun, but totally optional! Serve up this creamy peanut punch for nearly any occasion!


Ingredients

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  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter, like Skippy or JIF!
  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ cup Cruzan rum, I use dark/aged- (simply omit for a non-alcoholic batch)

Instructions

  1. In the body of a large high-speed blender, add the peanut butter, coconut milk, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and ground allspice.
  2. Blend the mixture until completely smooth and well combined. Then add the Cruzan rum (or disregard if you’re making it non-alcoholic) and blend again to combine.
  3. This recipe makes about 50 ounces. I like to use glass jars/bottles (like carafes or swing-top bottles or any other glass bottle you have that can be fitted with an airtight lid). Pour the peanut punch into your vessel(s), leaving an inch of headspace for shaking. 
  4. Keep the peanut punch stored in the refrigerator. Serve the chilled peanut punch (with or without ice) in individual glasses. Always shake/stir the peanut punch before serving as separation can occur! This recipe will keep for up to 1 week in the fridge.

Notes

  1. A note on peanut butter: I recommend a commercial type of peanut butter like the Jif or Skippy brand. The flavor and texture of natural peanut butter can sometimes be quite oily.
  2. Please read blog post in its entirety for more tips + tricks.

Recipe by: Quin Liburd- Butter Be Ready

Photography by: Ashley McLaughlin